By Jack Rico
The “1-4-0″: When was the last time you cried at a Vince Vaughn film? Well get ready for @DeliveryManFilm, a dramedy that’ll have you crying like a baby.
The Gist: Based on the original French film, Starbucks, a loser of a man finds out he has 533 kids and decides to watch over them like a guardian angel against the wishes of his lawyer, all while trying to maintain his relationship with his girlfriend.
The Highlights: Very much like the gem “Jeff, Who Lives At Home” minus the twist ending, the film offers an earnest script, unpretentious acting and an emotional ending worthy of tears. It’s a story rooted in heart, humanity, humor, love and family spirit. You’ll get some funny Vaughn moments, but you’ll also now get some soul attached to it. In a society full of individualism where generosity is underrated today, it’s great to see a script where the protagonist becomes completely altruistic showering strangers with acts of kindness and benevolence. I believe the film embodies a lead character which we all aspire to be, but for whatever reason we don’t realize. Nevertheless, it’s the sincerity of trying to do the right thing that keeps you engaged 100% in our protagonist and the story.
The Lowlights: ‘Delivery Man’ does have its fill of clichés and contrivances, but it ultimately is overshadowed by the merits of its genuine honesty.
Pay or Nay?: Pay for it. Want a feel-good that will make you cry with a smile? Then Delivery Man is for you. Another option is to watch the original French film Starbuck, which is most likely better. I did not see it, but still choked up close to the end of Vaughn’s version.
Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language
Release Date: November 21, 2013
Screenplay: Ken Scott
Director(s): Ken Scott
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt, Britt Robertson, Jack Reynor, Erin Gerasimovich, Bobby Moynihan, Camille Kitt, Ben Bailey, Glenn Fleshler
Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures
Film Genre: Dramedy