Delivery Man Blu-Ray Review
You don’t have a life. That’s what David (Vaughn) is told by his girlfriend Emma (Smulders). David has finally decided to see his girlfriend at three in the morning after a hectic day and he’s less than enthusiastic about the bombshell she just dropped on him. She’s pregnant. It’s the latest in a growing list of problems that includes being a woeful meat delivery driver and hounded by lenders who are ready to beat out the money he owes them. $80,000 in the hole to these mysterious thugs. Well, it’s about to get a lot worse.
His buddy/lawyer, Brett (Pratt), is about to drop 533 bombshells. Years ago, David…under the alias Starbuck…donated to a sperm bank and in turn they apparently handed his semen out like grocery store samples to women who wanted a baby. So now he’s the father of 533 children, 142 of which have filed a lawsuit against the fertility clinic in the hopes they release David’s name. Brett hands him a folder of all 142 and tells him not to look inside. Kind of like how God told Adam and Eve not to eat the forbidden fruit. My first thought after an exposition like that, is how big of a “donation” do you have to give to supply 533 women? While the notion of this happening is a bit preposterous, this plot is introduced so quickly, you just strap in and go along with it.
The movie places its bets on two notions. The first is that you’ll love Vince Vaughn, but let’s be honest; he’s already established an everyman charm and wit that’s impossible not to like. The second is that you’ll believe the perception that he really is trying to get his life back together, but we have very little evidence supporting that fact. DELIVERY MAN’s evidence is that he forgets to get his buddies basketball jersey’s, he’s in a deep financial hole(but who isn’t these days?), grows marijuana and that he can’t make time for his girlfriend. I don’t think his life is falling apart, more than he just needs a daily planning calendar. They want you to believe that the revelation of fathering a Biblical amount of children has kicked him into adulthood and they get a passing grade at that attempt.
His hundreds of kids include aspiring actors, beauticians, a player for the New York Knicks, a lifeguard, among other oddities. Despite the quick efforts at humor of him stalking the Big Apple, keeping tabs on his children, there are some well designed and authentic, heartfelt moments. Not all his kids live ideal lives or lifestyles, but his hesitation to help is short and his heart is in the right place. This constant game of hide and seek with his kids does get tiresome and anyone watching this will know what the eventual endgame will be. DELIVERY MAN seems to take it’s sweet time to arrive to it’s own conclusion.
Pratt does compliment Vaughn really well while Smulders seems to be brushed aside until we need her in the final act. Once the movie was over, I come to find out that this is actually a remake of the Canadian film, STARBUCK. Scott ironically directed both. Even though I was mildly entertained by DELIVERY MAN, I don’t think I could stomach another retelling of this story.
DELIVERY MAN BLU RAY REVIEW
Video: (1080p HD Widescreen 2:40:1) Fantastic quality. The New York city skyline is distinct and the presentation is sharp.
Audio: (English 5.1 DTS-HDMA) Mixed well. Also available in Spanish and French. Subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
Building Family (15:43): It’s a focused Behind the Scenes look. While all cast, producers and director talk about this movie, they focus on the character of David and the man behind him, Vince Vaughn. It also builds around his immediate family and the family of 533 children. Fairly ordinary.
Vince Vaughn: Off the Cuff (4:33): Exactly what the title implies, the improvisations of Vince Vaughn. This is heaped on with flattering remarks from the cast and crew
Bloopers (4:35): Who doesn’t love a healthy dose of bloopers? Well these bloopers are bizarre. It’s light on actual humorous bloopers and is cross-bred with interviews of the actors talking about bloopers.
Deleted Scene – You’re Under Arrest (1:36): Really? One deleted scene? If the director needs me too, I can help him find some more to cut out. As for this scene…it’s Emma attempting to bust David for growing pot that turns into her nagging at him for giving up on his responsibilities in life.