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Delivery Man Blu-rayA couple of years ago, writer and director Ken Scott put together a charming and warm film about an irresponsible Canadian adult who finds out that he fathered more than 500 children. The movie, Starbuck, did well enough on the festival circuit that DreamWorks Pictures put some big stars behind an American version of the same film. The result is Delivery Man, an hour and 45-minute story about families and how decisions made in the past can impact a personís future.
At the start of the story, professional meat deliverer David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) is having a hell of a day, getting stuck with parking tickets and missing the opportunity to deliver his teamís uniforms for an important basketball game. Wozniakís a loveable goof, but his child-like behavior makes it clear that his does not have any clear goals or sense of purpose. So, when he finds out he has fathered 533 children through a sperm bank goof, itís not surprising but itís also a bit stressful.
Vaughn has the right comedic sensibility to play a schlubby goof and an affable individual. He hasnít quite figured out how to be a grown-up, but heís also good at doing really, really nice things for those he cares about, which helps audiences to sympathize with his character. However, as a comedy, Delivery Man doesnít always deliver. The movie is occasionally amusing, but itís missing the laugh-out-loud moments that usually populate movies billed as comedies. Itís a laid-back adventure story with enough breezy laughs to keep audiences invested in a watch, but it may be more of a rental than anything else.
You can order Delivery Man over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature:
The best Delivery Man special feature is definitely "Vince Vaughn: Off The Cuff". The script, as a whole, was very tight and not really improv-friendly, which is what happens when you have a careful plot, but there were a few occasions in which Vaughn was allowed to go off. It happened during the laundry room scene. It happened during the grilling tofu scene, and it happened when he was talking about his band at the dinner table. Itís not as exhaustive or as funny as you might imagine, but it gives you a chance to see how impressed the other actors are by it.
Other Bonus Features:
Deleted Sceneó"Youíre Under Arrest"
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