One always wonders whether the members of the Hollywood “Frat Pack” will ever break out of their formulaic brand of barely palatable yet highly profitable American comedy and the question regarding this latest release: Is Vince Vaughn’s ‘Delivery Man’ something different?
Simply, no. The consistent conveyor belt of obvious and unadventurous patter continues to roll on once more as Vaughn stars in his second Hollywood feature of the year after the limited success of “The Internship”. French/Canadian film “Starbuck” from 2011 was written and directed by Ken Scott and with the financial backing of ‘Touchstone’ and ‘Dreamworks’, he was given the opportunity to re-create the production for the mainstream market. The cynical and heartless nature of the transaction reflects in the film itself, existing solely as an identical yet somehow lesser copy of Scott’s original gem. Vaughn plays meat truck delivery driver David Wozniack who after donating 692 dosages of sperm to the clinic under the pseudonym “Starbuck”, falls victim to an administrative error and unwittingly becomes the father of 533 children. 142 of these children lodge a lawsuit in order to discover his true identity and Wozniack with many debt woes must decide whether to source the money, or instead ensure the happiness of his estranged children.
The film is littered with average performances from smaller name actors looking to establish themselves in the higher echelons of Hollywood stardom. Unfortunately, this film does not do anyone any favours. Trusty best friend and all too conveniently, lawyer Brett (Chris Pratt) is comfortable, yet his performance is basic at best. Nonetheless having recently starred in “Her” and “The Lego Movie”, one would imagine he will soon explore other avenues of red carpet triumph. Several other actors such as Simon Delaney from ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ and Cobie Smulders of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ fame I am sure are capable of becoming confident entertainers, but this lacklustre script renders them wholly uninspiring.
Many montages and indie compilations later, one feels comically thirsty and emotionally unchallenged. The film is neither comedy nor drama and the lack of attempts to innovate Scott’s already strong movie only compounds this rendition further. Vaughn having starred in many comedy classics such as ‘Dodgeball’, ‘Anchorman’, ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Old School’, one questions whether his quest for financial gain with limited effort will impact his potential to make truly hilarious movies in the future. Scott’s plot is a clever concept that is the only saving grace of this film, however in the case of this budget injected remake, he has ‘all the gear and no idea’.
IMDB Rating: 6.4
My Rating: 5