A slightly different take on the Stalk delivering babies idea, here we have Vince Vaughan as a delivery man, who just so happens to have many babies. Continuing Hollywood’s fascination with the lewd angle on comedy (using masturbation again), but this time, ahem, packaging it in a pseudo romantic dramedy.
David Wozniak (Vince Vaughan) is a bad New York delivery man who receives an unwelcome visit. The visitor informs him that he’s fathered over 500 children through anonymous sperm donations at a fertility clinic some 20 years ago. Now there are 142 of them that have come forward and filed a lawsuit requesting that he reveal his identity as their biological father.
You kind of know what you’re getting when Vince Vaughan takes the lead role – he’s sort of his own genre of film, but it has less smoochiness and very little romance, so it may appeal to more men than your average rom-com.
The Bottom Line
So this is actually a remake of a 2012 Canadian film called ‘Starbuck’ (which is David’s sperm donor identity) and has the same writers and director.
Once again without any expectations you may find yourself thoroughly entertained. Those I know who went in expecting barrels of laughs and feel-good vibrations were inevitably disappointed.
Vaughan pretty much plays the same character in all his movies (ie. Himself), but it never stops being entertaining (at least for some). But if he’s not enough, then there’s plenty in supporting roles, like Chris Pratt (a scene stealer in any film he’s in) playing the single Dad to 3 kids, and the hot ex-girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) to ensure the comedic pedigree.
It goes without saying that this is a strange ‘concept’ for a story, but it relies on opportunities only afforded to us via this modern age.
Of course this is a film, so they manage to sidestep certain scenarios where things could become very awkward or just downright bad, and as such the film has a bit of a ‘neat’ feeling that things tend to tie up rather well, which is probably why it failed to get real traction with a wide audience because it chose the safe route and didn’t take too many risks. An underlying heartfelt message though, that does successfully come through, is the lack of good father figures in modern society and the importance of the role in a child’s life, and the subsequent void of their absence.
It does have a meandering pace though there are definitely some good moments, but in the end it does want you to take David’s side, because who are we to judge ‘el masturbateur’ – he just decided to make money from this now culturally accepted pastime.