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DELIVERY MAN, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
The story of affable underachiever David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn), whose mundane life is turned upside down when he finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. In debt and rejected by his pregnant girlfriend, things couldn't look worse for David when he is hit with a lawsuit from 142 of the 533 twenty-somethings who want to know the identity of the donor. David struggles to decide whether or not he should reveal his true identity.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Vince Vaughn is perfectly cast as the irresponsible, chaotic and hapless bachelor, David, part of the Wozniak family of meat packers. He is their delivery man and even that task is beyond him. Vaughn's juvenile personality is used to drive home all the comedic angles the writers dream up in this entirely plastic comedy. There is hardly a true thing in it, which lets the air out of its tyres and leaves it flat.

It is inconceivable, for starters, that a girl like Emma (Cobie Smulders) would fall for him let alone have sex. It is also inconceivable that when he turns up one night at 3am after a long absence, they stand in her doorway as she tells him she's pregnant. Given they haven't even spoken for some time, it must have been later in the pregnancy than her body suggests.

It is inconceivable that a down in the dumps David practices night basketball with his friend and wann-be lawyer Brett (Chris Pratt) with the latter sitting sodden in a chair on the court, feeding Dave the balls in the pouring rain.

It is inconceivable that his father (Andrzjez Blumenfeld) the boss of the Wozniak business, has kept him on for so long, and that he eventually provides the way of out Dave's financial predicament - but then the writers couldn't come up with any other pat answer to help propel a nauseatingly schmaltzy resolution.

The predictable queue of Dave's biological children includes one that is gay, one that is a sporting hero, one that is on the verge of despair and - most reprehensibly in my view - one that is disabled. A well meaning idea, no doubt, but totally inappropriate in such context.

If this isn't the most contrived, boringest film of the year, I don't want to see the one that is.

Published April 10, 2014

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DELIVERY MAN, THE: DVD (M)
(US, 2013)

CAST: Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt, Britt Robertson, Jack Reynor, Bobby Moynihan, Simon Delaney, George Lalov

PRODUCER: Andre Rouleau

DIRECTOR: Ken Scott

SCRIPT: Ken Scott

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Eric Alan Edwards

EDITOR: Priscilla-Nedd Friendly

MUSIC: Jon Brion

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ida Random

RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 28, 2013

PRESENTATION: 16: 9

SPECIAL FEATURES: .

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: WDS Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: April 9







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