Vince Vaughn plays an ageing slacker whose sperm-donor past returns to haunt him in sloppy and slushy comedy Delivery Man, a Hollywood remake by writer-director Ken Scott of his 2011 French-Canadian film Starbuck.
Back in the 1990s Vaughn’s meat-truck-driving slouch David Wozniak was making money hand over fist from his sperm donations to a fertility clinic, but he’s sent into a spin decades later when it turns out that he is the biological father of 533 children.
With 142 of his offspring taking the clinic to court to discover the identity of the anonymous ‘Starbuck’, his best friend-slash-lawyer, Chris Pratt’s beleaguered dad Brett, advises him to keep his head down, but David can’t resist meddling in his children’s lives as a self-appointed ‘guardian angel’.
Although Vaughn gives his shiftless character a surprising degree of goofy charm, he can’t halt the film’s inexorable slide into sentimentality and the limp script’s lack of real wit leaves the endeavour looking misconceived.
Certificate 12A. Runtime 104 mins. Director Ken Scott.
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