Thursday, December 5, 2013
Movie Review: Delivery Man
Movie Review by Lauren
IMDB Summary: An affable underachiever finds out he's fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.
Review: This is one of those movies that I actually wish was a book first. The reason being is that I would have loved to have gotten to know some of David's 533 kids a bit better. However, I still like that the movie focused in on a select few of his sons and daughters. When David first decides to track down his kids, without revealing his identity, there is a montage of moments where he interacts with them as just a regular good Samaritan and not their biological father. Yes, these moments could be deemed creepy by some people, but I think the movie handles it well.
I'm a fan of Vince Vaughn, but I'm not always into the gross/frat-dude type of movies that he stars in, so it was nice to see him in a comedic film that was also really touching. The character of David is a bit of a loser, but it's not that he doesn't care. He loves his family and he steps up for his girlfriend when he needs too. These aspects of his personality begin to grow even more when he realizes it feels nice to help other people, especially your own biological children.
Apart from Vaughn, I love actor Chris Pratt, who plays best friend and father of four, Brett. He knows what it's like to be an everyday father and a lot of the comedy comes from the chaos he deals with. It's believable and fun and a nice contrast to David's experience of fatherhood thus far. Plus, Brett also becomes David's lawyer when 142 of his children file a lawsuit to find out his identity. This role in David's life is almost the devil on his shoulder, telling him to keep his life secret and not to give into the curiosity of finding his children. As for the angel, well, David has to figure that out on his own.
Delivery Man is an enjoyable movie, and it's one I would see again. I saw it on Thanksgiving Day with my family and it was very suitable as it touches on a lot of aspects of love and family. Worth checking out, at the very least!