Vince Vaughn is one of those actors that has a unique delivery that is pretty much the same with every film and one that you either really enjoy or dislike. For some time he was hot with hit after hit, but the last few films have been less than stellar. His latest Delivery Man lets him take back the lead solo in a film that has a somewhat ridiculous premise, but ironically is one that actually happened. This film isn’t necessarily based on that story, but does it at least bring things together to make it work or will it be so far off that it fails to deliver?
Delivery Man follows an underachiever who finds out that he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity. This is one of those stories that could have gone horribly wrong really fast thanks to the premise being so farfetched, but thanks to some well-crafted storytelling and bringing some more depth to the overall film made for something a bit unexpected. Sure there are a lot of clichéd and predictable moments, but it still manages to deliver a heartwarming funny movie. Vaughn brings his normal quick with and dead pan charm, but is actually toned down a bit more than usual. He doesn’t seem to be trying to force his moments like he normally does but instead brings some actually emotional depth to his character to go along with the humor. The trailers don’t do this film all that much justice as it plays it up as a straight comedy, but this story is so much more. The rest of the cast do a fine job with Chris Pratt delivering some of the funnier moments and helping to keep the drama from ever fully taking over and letting the light hearted silliness continue.
This film isn’t breaking any new ground or anything but it does deliver more than you may expect. Vaughn steps into this role with not just the funny, but the heart needed to make it work and ended up delivering a heartwarming upbeat film that is sure to please. It may not be the best film he has delivered, but it is one of the better in sometime and one that fans will enjoy. In addition to the film the Blu-ray also includes bloopers, deleted scene, featurettes”Vince Vaughn: Off The Cuff” and “Building Family”.