Movie Review – Delivery Man (2014)

Vince Vaughn stars in Delivery Man, a film about a slacker, David, who finds out that, due to a mix-up at the fertility clinic, he has fathered 533 children. His best friend and lawyer Brett (Chris Pratt) takes on his case and advises him not to interact with any of them, meanwhile David’s girlfriend Emma, (Cobie Smoulders) is getting tired of his lack of direction and tells him to get a life. David can’t resist temptation and begins to act as a guardian angel for the children (who are now around 20) without revealing himself. 

I was a bit surprised going into this because the trailers made it seem like a straight-up comedy when it fact it had a bit of an indie vibe to it and I have to say it was much better than I expected it to be. It was funny, touching in places and there were some interesting things brought up about privacy and whether these children’s right to know their biological father trumped the father’s right to remain anonymous. It was quite funny to see the ways in which David tried to help his children all the while being judged by his girlfriend and to a certain extent the rest of his family for having no direction in his life. The character arc was very well done and Vince Vaughn was a bit of a softer version of the character he usually plays, he was more human here, and a little more vulnerable. 

I felt that the script was lazy in a few places, especially at the start where it had to get the story moving but I can forgive that because there were plenty of great moments too. I liked seeing the different kids and the problems they faced, although I think the concept of the film skewed the attitudes to the kids a little bit. There wasn’t actually a mention of their real parents at all and it was almost as though these kids were orphans. I feel that the movie should have acknowledged that because it wasn’t mentioned at all. There’s also an ‘ick’ factor in that given there are all these half-brothers and sisters around in such a concentrated area it’s not inconceivable that some of them could have unknowingly dated and, well, that doesn’t really bear too much thinking about, and I suppose if they brought that up it would have been a different film entirely! 

But apart from that I think it was a solid film with some powerful emotions behind it. I think Vince Vaughn was perfect in the role and I really enjoyed it. It had moments of dramatic weight but it never got too heavy so it struck that balance well. So yeah, that’s Delivery Man.

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