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Delivery Man

There's a simple reason improv factors so heavily in many big-screen comedies: After only a few takes, the existing material can start to feel stale for everyone involved. Imagine, then, the lifelessness that plagues Delivery Man, which is writer-director Ken Scott's scene-for-scene, line-for-line remake of his 2011 French-Canadian film, Starbuck. Transferred to New York and translated into English, this remains the story of David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn), a meat delivery driver who seems to be bad luck incarnate. A sperm bank severely mismanaged his deposits in the ’90s, resulting in him siring over 500 children. Upon discovering this, he does what any decent guy would do: stalk his unknown offspring and play fairy godfather (in one laughable case, ending a daughter's heroin addiction with a wave of his buffoonery). Almost immediately, it's apparent that Delivery Man will offer a low return on its high-concept premise. Apparently uncomfortable watching his leading man squirm—because when has that ever been amusing?—Scott forgoes a redemption story in favor of one hinging on unearned absolution. This path of least resistance seems tailor-made for a typically disengaged Vaughn. All told, a new release has rarely felt so stillborn.
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, January 10, 2014
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Brief Violence, Language, Sexual Content, Some Drug Material, Thematic Elements ]
  • Critic's Score: C-
  • Starring: Vince Vaughn [David Wozniak], Chris Pratt [Brett], Cobie Smulders [Emma], Andrzej Blumenfeld [Mikolai], Simon Delaney [Victor], Bobby Moynihan [Aleksy], Dave Patten [Adam], Adam Chanler-Berat [Viggo], Britt Robertson [Kristen], Jack Reynor [Josh], Amos Vanderpoel [Taylor], Derrick Arthur [Jeffrey Smalls/Young Boozer], Michael Oberholtzer [Bag Boy], Stephen Ellis [18th Century Professor], Matthew Daddario [Channing]
  • Directed by: Ken Scott [Director], Ken Scott [Screenwriter], Andre Rouleau [Producer], Ray Angelic [Executive Producer], Scott Mednick [Executive Producer], Mark Sourian [Executive Producer], Eric Edwards [Cinematographer], Ida Random [Production Design], Priscilla Nedd-Friendly [Film Editor], Melissa Toth [Costume Designer], Jon Brion [Original Music], Mark Newell [Art Director], Sara Parks [Set Decoration], Jeanne McCarthy [Casting]
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