Delivery Man is an American re-make of Canadian film Starbuck, it’s self influenced by a Canadian Holstein bull who produced hundreds of thousands of progeny by artificial insemination in the 80’s and 90’s. The premise of the film however is about a slightly less impressive hit rate, fathering 533 children after spending an absurd amount of time in a fertility clinic, raising funds to take his family to Italy.
20 years later David “Starbuck” Wozniak is a no-hope delivery driver for his family business, up to his eyeballs in debt to the mob, and has just been hit with a lawsuit from 142 of his unintentional children, who want to know his identity.
Sounds like a great premise for a raunchy Vince Vaughn comedy, but writer/director Ken Scott decides to take a different path, delivering a very low key, light and fluffy drama that seems at odds with the lead actor.
It isn’t a bad way to spend an evening, but for a film that has been touted as a comedy, you could quite easily come away disappointed.
For me personally, as a father and short term foster parent, it was great to see a film where the role of the father was valued, and where the only thing necessary for the father to do, was to spend time with, love, and listen to his children.
Rating: M Offensive language.