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Father of 533 children

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, December 08, 2013

This is beyond imagination — forget about science — how some can explain such labour.

But in the movie Delivery Man, director Ken Scott somehow convinces viewers that having that many is possible but only through "manual labour" and easy to handle too.

This latest craze is the remake of Scott's successful 2011 French-Canadian film Starbuck which turned out to be the most successful Quebec-made film.

Quebec, by the way, is a province in east-central Canada that has a predominantly French-speaking population, and the only one to have French as its sole provincial official language.

In Delivery Man, Vince Vaughn plays David Wozniak, a nice, good-hearted person but luckless in almost everything he does.

And to add to his jinxed life, $80,000 debt to some thug.

He is a delivery man for his family's butcher shop in New York and no matter how hard David tries, he is always late to work.

His girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) is pregnant with his child but because of David's incompetence in professional life, she doesn't want him to be part of the child's upbringing.

Losing all hope in his life, David reaches home dejected to find out that he has fathered 533 from the lawyer of the sperm bank where he regularly donated to more than 20 years ago.

Now, 142 of his children filed a lawsuit against the clinic to reveal the identity of the donor (David) who goes by the name Starbuck.

Already in a mess, David whose life gets from terrible to worse, seeks help from his friend Brett (Chris Pratt), a lawyer who had just lost his bar licence.

Somehow Brett convinces David that they have a good case and a great chance of winning it.

He gives him an envelope full of the profiles of those that filed the lawsuit and despite Brett's disapproval David goes through them and becomes their "guardian angel".

Overwhelmed with their affection, David plans to publicly reveal that he is Starbuck but the beating from his creditors leaves him with no other option but to go for the $200,000 which he receives to keep his identity a secret.

Will the 142 children know that David who has been hanging around with them all this while, is their biological father?

That's what the final quarter of the 104 minutes flick is all about.

Hats off to director Scott for trying something new and extraordinary, but if you think about it, something so real.

His vision to keep a movie that might sound too huge to handle along the central theme is commendable.

Scott really guides Vaughn well who is known for his raucous characters to remain quiet and at many a time, muted to justify his character.

Vaughn, whose last movie I saw was The Internship which he not only penned but also produced, does his best to sail through uncharted waters.

Chris fits in well to the character of Brett and plays the role — of a lawyer struggling to win his first case while being a father of four wild kids at home — outstandingly.

Cobie of How I Met Your Mother fame doesn't have much in this movie but her beauty is enough to bring delight to the fans whenever she appears on screen.

The Delivery Man is merely about a 40-year-old "boy" finally becoming a man.

Vicky Donor is the Bollywood remake of Starbuck and despite the sensitivity among their audience about this issue, the movie was praised for its effort.