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'Delivery Man' serves up an awkward but entertaining escape

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For much of his life, David Wozniak has driven a truck for the family meat business, while going from one money making scheme to another. Just when his debts threaten to get him killed and his girlfriend has gotten tired of his excuses, David finds out that one of his more successful schemes yielded more than money. Having made more than 600 sperm donations in his twenties, David is told that he is the biological father of 533 children, 140 of which are sewing to discover his identity. Faced with an impossible situation, David changes his life by getting involved in the lives of his children, without their knowledge.

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Based on a "Starbuck," a screenplay by Martin Petit, Ken Scott's "Delivery Man" is a bigger than life look at a man thrown into an impossible situation. Vince Vaughn stars as David Wozniak (aka Starbuck), with Chris Pratt (Brett / David's friend) and Cobie Smulders (Emma / David's girlfriend) for support. As usual, Vaughn fast talking, in your face style of misdirection is charming and makes it easy to relate to a man dealing with a truly ridiculous problem, which ultimately changes his life and the lives of those around him. Despite the intriguing nature of the plot, at times, the story drags and some of the funnier moments linger just a little longer than they should. Besides pacing issues, several minor subplots are setup, which flounder like potential plot devices. Ultimately, they are swept aside with a phrase or as part of a scene, which serves to free up characters to pursue the main plot. Regardless, Vaughn's every guy charm tends to hold things together and provides just the right amount of interest to make "Delivery Man" a fun and entertaining interlude. If you like Vince Vaughn and "How I met Your Mother's" Cobie Smulders (Robin), then this is at least worth a rental or the price of admission, if you're up for a trip to the theater.


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