Delivery Man

Delivery Man

Director: Ken Scott

Cast: Ken Scott, Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders

     
 

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An aging slacker and former sperm donor discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity in this Dreamworks comedy starring Vince Vaughn. Aside from the fact that he was a regular visitor at a fertility clinic 20 years ago, there's nothing particularly remarkable about David Wozniak (Vince… See more details below

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An aging slacker and former sperm donor discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity in this Dreamworks comedy starring Vince Vaughn. Aside from the fact that he was a regular visitor at a fertility clinic 20 years ago, there's nothing particularly remarkable about David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn): He drives a meat-delivery truck for his father's butcher business, he can't seem to hold down a relationship, and lately he's taken to growing marijuana as a means of paying off an $80,000 debt. He's so inept at even the simplest things that his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) can't stand the sight of him after she reveals that she's pregnant with his child. When an attorney tracks David down and reveals that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity, the former donor panics, recruiting his lawyer friend Brett (Chris Pratt) to defend the privacy agreements he signed at the clinic. When Brett returns with an envelope containing profiles of all 142 children named in the lawsuit, however, David can't help but look, and before long he's surreptitiously injecting himself into the lives of his unsuspecting offspring. Meanwhile, as he begins to grow excited at the prospect of having his own child, he finds that sometimes the best fathers are the men who seem the least fit for parenting.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Just two years after his sophomore feature Starbuck, French-Canadian writer/director Ken Scott returns with this remake of his previous film, starring Vince Vaughn as a sperm donator at the center of a class-action lawsuit to reveal his identity. A welcome change of pace from the painfully obvious and unfunny The Internship, Delivery Man mercifully finds its star forgoing his typical motormouthed shtick in favor of something that actually resembles a thinking, feeling human being. In addition, the director genuinely seems to have something relevant to say about our evolving definition of "family" in an era when that word can have a multitude of meanings. Aside from the fact that he was a regular visitor at a fertility clinic 20 years ago, there's nothing particularly remarkable about David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn): He drives a meat-delivery truck for his father's butcher business, he can't seem to hold down a relationship, and lately he's taken to growing marijuana as a means of paying off an $80,000 debt. He's so inept at even the simplest things that his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) can't stand the sight of him after she reveals that she's pregnant with his child. When an attorney tracks David down and reveals that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity, the former donor panics, recruiting his lawyer friend Brett (Chris Pratt) to defend the privacy agreements he signed at the clinic. When Brett returns with an envelope containing profiles of all 142 children named in the lawsuit, however, David can't help but look, and before long he's surreptitiously injecting himself into the lives of his unsuspecting offspring. Meanwhile, as he begins to grow excited at the prospect of having his own child, he finds that sometimes the best fathers are the men who seem the least fit for parenting. A warmhearted comedy that takes full advantage of its unique high concept (well, relatively unique), Delivery Man occasionally dabbles in such tired stereotypes as the bumbling, brainless prospective father, but the difference is that screenwriter Scott actually uses them as a means to an end, not an end itself. In Delivery Man, David's inability to grow up serves as a launching pad to asking some pretty fascinating questions about what it means to take responsibility not just for your own life, but for the lives of those you helped bring into this world. Of course, given that it's first and foremost a comedy, Scott devotes plenty of time to exploring the absurdity of the situation (and, in the case of Pratt's character, the energy-sapping trials of fatherhood), but it's the film's more poignant plot points that resonate most -- David's emotional first encounter with a troubled daughter, his discovery of a child with severe cerebral palsy, and his time spent with a philosophy-spouting son who knows his secret all prove essential to his growth, and are all handled with a sincerity that add a welcome depth to the script's broader comedic conceits. Sure, there's the occasional plot hole -- it's difficult to believe that no one would have found out David's identity after the story goes international (especially after a hilarious slipup late in the film), and an early indicator that one of his children knows his secret is forgotten almost as soon as it's spoken -- but while those simple oversights may prevent the movie from achieving perfection, they rarely undermine its earnest endeavor to explore shifting family dynamics and their impact on our ability to connect with others. Meanwhile, even when it starts to feel as if Scott may be fumbling in his attempt to juggle multiple story lines, his ability to continually bring the story back to its center results in an overall satisfying balance of comedy and drama. Vaughn deserves as much credit as anyone for walking that fine line, and though it's easy to imagine that Scott had his fair share of trials when it came to reigning in his leading man, the actor manages to alter his over-the-top personality just enough to make it work within the context of the story. It's the perfect role for Vaughn and his performance here is genuinely nuanced, though his thunder is frequently stolen by Pratt as the hapless father of four who's desperate to prove his worth as a lawyer. Not only does Pratt get some of the film's best lines, but he delivers them with expert comic timing, whether addressing the press or practicing his closing arguments before a roomful of skeptical children. Much like David, Brett may appear incompetent on the surface, but he also manages to come through when the chips are down. In the end, that's what Delivery Man is all about -- accepting the people we care about, warts and all, and trusting that they'll always stand by us when we need them the most. For those who find themselves alone in this world, that defines "family" just as much as sharing our genes with someone who, by choice or by fate, has fallen out of our lives.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2014
UPC:
0786936840094
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
19,247

Special Features

Bloopers; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vince Vaughn David Wozniak
Chris Pratt Brett
Cobie Smulders Emma
Britt Robertson Kristen
Dave Patten Adam
Bobby Moynihan Aleksy
Chris Hernandez Biological Son
Camille Kitt Twin Daughter
Erin Gerasimovich Brett's 6 Year Old
Matthew Daddario Channing
Ben Bailey Actor
Vanessa Coelho Biological Child
Kennerly Kitt Twin Daughter
Leslie Ann Glossner Young Romantic Girl
Takako Haywood Bloomingdale's Employee
Glenn Fleshler Coffee Shop Owner
Chris Nunez Club Boy
Georgie Lalov Biological Son
Finnerty Steeves Loan Officer #1
Alex Hartman Biological Child
Andrew Pagliara Biological Son
Peter Kim Customer #2
Zivile Kaminskaite Donut Shop Waitress
Nicole Newman Emma
Kiff VandenHeuvel Vince Vaughn (Voice Only)
Simon Delaney Victor
Kaitlyn M. Burgoon Starbuck Kid
Shawn Gonzalez Beer Garden Patron
Stephen Ellis Robert Ashland
Joseph Basile Orderly
James Thomas Bligh Actor
Adam Chanler-Berat Viggo
Logan Kulick Basketball Player
Michael Oberholtzer Bag Boy aka Kyle Walters
Van Hughes Young David
Malcolm Halaszynski Biological Son
Joseph Urban Polish Henchman
Alexander Flores Teenage Clerk
Derrick Arthur Young Boozer
Jessica Williams African American Spa Worker
Sebastien Rene Ryan
Kevin Hopkins Andrew Johansson
Zachary Hernandez Brett's Four-Year-Old
Kyle Sutton Brett's Eight-Year-Old
Lynda Gravatt Judge Logan
Starla Benford Personal Care Attendant
Damian Young Attorney Williams
Don Guillory Loan Officer #2
Richard Poe Loan Officer #3
Jessica Abo Reporter #1
Logan Crawford Reporter #2
Andrzej Blumenfeld Mikolaj
Amos VanderPoel Taylor
Alice Gainer Reporter #3
Darin Guerrasio Customer #1
Jonah Nathan Employee
Bruce Altman Mass Action Attorney
Matthew Walters Stroller Salesman
Stephanie Berry Straightforward Nurse
Joseph Tudisco Sport Store Owner
Akim Black Scalper
Kate Dalton Sabrina
Gabe Doran Patrolman
Matt Blumm Male Nurse
Mark Zimmerman Hospital Doctor
Angela Bellotte Girl with Short Skirt
Charlie Romanelli Hardhat
Pasha Pellosie Boyfriend #1
Connor Fox Boyfriend #2
Isaac H.W. Joseph Boyfriend #3
Jay Leno Himself
Bill Maher Himself
Nancy Nagrant Victor's Wife
Jaime Lynn Weisman Alesky's Wife
Pantea Karimi Ultrasound Technician

Technical Credits
Ken Scott Director,Screenwriter
Ray Angelic Executive Producer
Christopher Assells Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Brion Score Composer
Eric Alan Edwards Cinematographer
Lucky Englander Casting
Fritz Fleischhacker Casting
Jonathan Karp Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Scott Mednick Executive Producer
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly Editor
Tom Nelson Sound Mixer
Mark Newell Art Director
Ida Random Production Designer
Andre Rouleau Producer
Dana Sano Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Sourian Executive Producer
Doug Torres Asst. Director
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Delivery Man
1. Opening Credits [4:12]
2. David Wozniak [6:29]
3. Pseudonym "Starbuck" [4:21]
4. Profile #1 [5:59]
5. The Role Of A Lifetime [6:38]
6. Kristen [7:17]
7. Guardian Angel [5:02]
8. A Friend [5:02]
9. Starbuck Kids [6:52]
10. Viggo [6:35]
11. Finding Each Other [4:55]
12. Family [1:16]
13. Countersuit [3:12]
14. Court [7:05]
15. The Verdict [5:05]
16. I Am Starbuck [4:48]
17. 534 [5:48]
18. End Credits [9:07]
19. Chapter 19 [4:50]

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