Delivery Man (film)

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Delivery Man
Delivery Man Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ken Scott
Produced by André Rouleau
Written by Ken Scott
Martin Petit
Starring Vince Vaughn
Chris Pratt
Cobie Smulders
Music by Jon Brion
Cinematography Eric Edwards
Edited by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Production
  company
Touchstone Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • November 22, 2013 (2013-11-22)
Running time 104 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $26 million[2]
Box office $51,164,106[3]

Delivery Man is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by Ken Scott, produced by DreamWorks Pictures, and starring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, and Cobie Smulders. The film was released by Touchstone Pictures on November 22, 2013. It is a remake of Scott's 2011 French-Canadian film and also based on a true story Starbuck.[4]

Plot[edit]

David Wozniak is a hapless deliveryman for his family's butcher shop, pursued by thugs to whom he owes $80,000. His girlfriend Emma is pregnant with his child. One day, David returns from work to find a lawyer representing a sperm bank (where he gave 693 donations and earned a sum of $24,255 during his student years) who tells him he had fathered 533 children. Of those, 142 have joined a class action lawsuit to force the fertility clinic to reveal the identity of "Starbuck", the alias he had used.

David's friend and lawyer Brett represents him as he tries to keep the records sealed. He provides David with profiles of each party to the lawsuit: David stalks them, finding moments for random acts of kindness. David considers identifying himself, but after the thugs assault his father, he agrees with his lawyer to counter-sue the sperm bank for punitive damages. He wins the lawsuit: he receives $200,000 and keeps his identity a secret.

David has regrets and thinks about revealing his identity. However, if he chooses to do so, he would lose the $200,000 that was won in the countersuit. He reveals to his father that he is Starbuck. His father decides to pay off David's debt. David finally reveals his identity on Facebook. He goes to Emma's house and finds that she is going into premature labor. At the hospital, his baby is born, he proposes to Emma, and many of the children show up to see him.

Cast[edit]

Talk show hosts Jay Leno and Bill Maher have cameo appearances as themselves.

Production[edit]

The film is a remake of the 2011 French-Canadian film Starbuck which was also directed by Scott; Starbuck was also the working title for the English-language production.[6]

Filming began in October 2012 in the Hudson Valley of New York. Filming then moved to locations in Brooklyn, New York City[7][8] and Manhattan.[9] Concerning the number of extras as the children, actor Dave Patten said, "There were ten of us who were constants on the sets so we didn’t really bond with the others who were extras. But the ten of us became a huge pack of friends and it was really nice. There are usually a lot of egos on set when it comes to a big cast which causes people not to get along but we didn’t have that issue."[10]

Reception[edit]

Delivery Man received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 38% based on reviews from 129 critics with an average score of 5/10. The site's consensus says: "It has an undeniably sweet charm, and Vince Vaughn is eminently likable in the lead role, but Delivery Man suffers in comparison to Starbuck, the hit Canadian comedy that inspired it."[11] At Metacritic the film received a score of 44/100 based on reviews from 33 critics.[12]

Alonso Duralde of The Wrap gave the film a negative review, stating that "Delivery Man offers comedy and sentimentality in equal doses and, unfortunately, equal efficacy—the jokes, the characters and the situations aren't very funny, and the would-be heart-tuggery is mostly embarrassing."[13] Peter Debruge of Variety wrote, "Delivery Man is virtually nothing like a [typical] Vince Vaughn movie, but rather a heartfelt celebration of the act of parenthood presented under radically exaggerated circumstances... the director demonstrates the good sense not to mess with success, engineering what amounts to a scene-for-scene remake of that earlier feel-good outing—with the notable addition of Chris Pratt in his funniest supporting performance yet."[4] Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "it's nice to see Vaughn moving out of his fast-talking comfort zone in a role that requires him to be more quietly reactive; while Parks and Recreation’s Pratt comically raises the second-banana bar as a put-upon dad itching to get back into the courtroom. While Smulders, unfortunately, isn't given the same opportunity to show off her comedic chops regularly on display on How I Met Your Mother, acclaimed Polish actor Andrzej Blumenfeld (in his American debut) makes a more empathetic impression as the warm Wozniak family patriarch."[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DELIVERY MAN (12A)". E1 Films. British Board of Film Classification. October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ McClintock, Pamela (17 October 2013). "DreamWorks' Stacey Snider Reveals How Studio Slimmed Down to Stay Alive". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Delivery Man (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Debruge, Peter (November 12, 2013). "Film Review: Delivery Man". Variety. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  5. ^ Poghosyan, Astghik Cin. "Dave Patten Talks Delivery Man, Music and His New Book". Emertainment Monthly. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Eisenberg, Eric (October 10, 2012). "Vince Vaughan Comedy Starbuck Changes Its Title To The Delivery Man". cinemablend.com. 
  7. ^ "Pervasive ‘Delivery Man’ Film Shoot Hijacks The Heights". October 23, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ Evans, Lauren (November 28, 2012). "'Delivery Man' Filming Continues in Windsor Terrace". Windsor Terrace Patch. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Monday, Nov. 26: Filming Locations in NYC, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles & more including Criminal Minds, Dallas Buyers Club, Chicago Fire, & Delivery Man". Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ Poghosyan, Astghik Cin. "Dave Patten Talks Delivery Man, Music and His New Book". Emertainment Monthly. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/delivery_man/
  12. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/movie/delivery-man
  13. ^ Duralde, Alonso (12 November 2013). "‘Delivery Man’ Review: An Excessively Artificial Insemination Comedy". The Wrap. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Rechtshaffen, Michael (November 12, 2013). "Delivery Man: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 

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