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28 Nov 2013

Aborted 'Delivery': This Vince Vaughn Remake Didn't Need to Happen

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Vince Vaughn in Delivery Man. Vince Vaughn in Delivery Man.

Vince Vaughn battles to make Delivery Man—an American remake of the 2011 French-Canadian film Starbuck (both the foreign version and this new American remake are directed by Ken Scott)—something worthwhile. He almost does.

Vaughn plays David, a meat deliveryman who finds out he’s fathered more than 500 children due to sperm-clinic donations—and some of those kids want to meet him. David finds out who some of the kids are, spies on them and tries to serve them as some sort of guardian angel.

The film, while containing some genuinely warm moments, lost me in the final stretch; it gets overwhelmed by its dopey plot. Vaughn gives a good performance, as do some of the supporting cast members. (It’s good to see Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan getting some lines.) However, the pieces don’t add up. The outrageous premise screams for something a little less conventional.

Delivery Man is one of those movies in which you can predict all of the choices the protagonist is going to make. This results in boredom.

Delivery Man is playing at theaters across the valley.

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