One man, over 600 “special” donations, over $20,000 earned, and 533 offspring…DAMN! 2013’s “Delivery Man” takes you to the next level of parenting!
David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn), is a not so popular, meat truck driver for his families business, who also happens to owe the wrong kind of people, a large sum of money. His love life is in pieces on the floor, he is the slowest delivery man recorded in history, and he faces death every additional day that he doesn’t make whole, his debt obligations. But, I’m not done…Just to add a topping to the cake, he learns that he is the biological father of 533 children, after his “good” sperm was used over and over at a clinic. With having made over 600 “deposits” in his younger days, he really has no one to blame but himself, though the money he earned he used for selfless reasons. About a fourth of these children want to know who their biological father is, and have a lawsuit against the clinic to release the information. David now faces the challenge of fighting the court case, or just admitting who he is.
Evaluation: It’s an excellent idea for a movie, I must say , and though I can think of quite a few actors who could pull off this role, Vince Vaughn was still a good choice. I like his laid back, easy going, attitude that he has in his movies. No matter who he plays, there’s always that same “Vince Vaughn” feel to his characters, and for him, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I have mentioned before that it’s hit and miss with his humor, and that’s true, but I still enjoy his movies regardless. His character, David, is able to transform his lifestyle and for once in his life, actually feel alive and worth something.
His character’s connection to his kid’s as he meets some of them is “close but no cigar” to what I imagine a real life situation being like. His lack of fatherly skills helping a drug addicted daughter, his awkwardness meeting a mentally handicap son, or his quickly consumed feelings of frustration toward a son who moves in with him, all do well for the movie, but just don’t capture enough reality. And I also must point out that even though the film is under 2 hours, it felt like it went on and on as some scenes just drug the ground hard. To get to know so many children would take a while, yes, but I though some of the scenes in the film were either pointless, or went on for too long from what I wanted to be seeing. There’s not much worse than wanting a movie to show you one thing, and seeing something else instead. It’s a pesky irritation.
Total Abstract Rating: 75% I’m glad I watched it, and I did like it, but it isn’t for everyone.