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DVD review: Delivery Man: Preposterous story with heart

Delivery Man


Delivery Man is a moderately entertaining, lighthearted exhibition that intertwines an extremely preposterous premise with comedic elements to tell one of the more heartwarming stories that have debuted in some time. The film is really a movie about acceptance, embrace, and the understanding of one self-worth. It tells the story of an unreliable slacker who donates his sperm to a sperm clinic but the sperm is then used to father over 500 children. The film is based on the book "Starbuck." The movie stars Vince Vaughn (The Internship), Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Cobie Smulders (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Dave Pattern (Acceptance), and Britt Robertson (Scream 4).
The movie is more of a warm story with funny moments as opposed to a true comedy. It really has a heartwarming nature but it's not as funny as it is advertised. It has its heart in the right place but it’s extremely lacking in humor. The comedy comes in quick flashes; a joke here or a comedic scene there, but it’s not prevalent enough to sustain the film. Embedded within the outrageousness of the premise, Delivery Man will touch you as it really delves into the issue of absentee fathers and the profound affect that it has on the children that have to endure it. Delivery Man really emphasizes how much one minute of fatherhood can mean to a child. The movie has one of the best lines every about fatherhood: "The only person, who can decide to be a father of a child, is the father, not a judge, one's family, or even the mother."
Vince Vaughn leads the way in this offbeat comedy about parenting. He is as entertaining as ever but this movie doesn’t truly utilize his comedic talents. Vaughn does his best in the moments that are afforded to him to showcase his trademark comedic style but Delivery Man doesn’t offer enough of them. Chris Pratt has a very humorous role as lawyer and friend, Brett. He has some of the best comedic moments in the film.
Delivery Man really lacks in terms of entertainment; there are a few enjoyable and tender moments but are nowhere near redeeming enough to warrant buying or even viewing this movie in its entirety. It has some good moments but they could be watched on You Tube. So this is one just for cable or Netflix.