DreamWorks Pictures’“Delivery Man” stars Vince Vaughn as affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier resulted in 533 children. David must now embark on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but also the father that he could become.
A DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment presentation, the film is written for the screen and directed by Ken Scott, based on “Starbuck,” the original screenplay written by Ken Scott and Martin Petit, and also stars Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders. “Delivery Man” is produced by André Rouleau and executive produced by Ray Angelic, Scott Mednick and Mark Sourian.
DELIVERY MAN releases in theaters on November 22nd! That’s today!
I first interviewed Vince Vaughn and Cobie Smulders on the set of Delivery Man in NYC in November of 2012. I could not say I was a fan of either of their work as I had seen very little of anything they had done. The truth in my house is that it has been mostly about animated films since my son came of movie going age, us parents do not get out to the movies by ourselves!
I have heard that Vince’s Wedding Crashers was a hysterical movie, it is now on our list to see when the kid is not around. And I have since seen Cobie in the Avengers, what an amazing franchise to be a part of (she will be seen in several more Marvel movies!). But again, I was not a big fan just because I had not seen much of what either actor has done. So I went in to the viewing of Delivery Man with no expectations.
Additionally, director Ken Scott took a tremendous chance on redoing his own movie from Canada, 2 years later in America. I now have to rent Starbuck, the Canadian version, and see if I feel the same way! That has to be a record for remaking a movie, especially when the original was your own.
533 kids? How do you make that believable? Or even plausible? And how does an actor act like he could possibly be the father of all of these children? The answer is one at a time, and Vince Vaughn was wonderfully believable as the father of this huge brood!
At Blogher13 in Chicago, last July I went to a preview of the movie. Thank goodness I had some napkins in my pocket, because even though there were a lot of funny moments in the movie, there are also some poignant moments that pulled on my heart strings to the point of sobbing. Yes, sobbing. Vince was so convincing as a parent in some scenes that I completely fell for his character as a dad, he completely won me over as he showed a caring side for many of these biological kids of his that took me by surprise. Yes, a lot of it was very funny. So funny that I cold not hear some spoken lines in the movie because the audience was still laughing.
The movie is about Vince Vaughn’s journey as a 40 plus year old man who needs to grow up, and fast. He does not grow up because he has to, because his girlfriend is pregnant. He grows up in an organic manner as he meets some of his biological children from having donated sperm 20 or so years earlier to a sperm bank that misused his account and had over 500 women impregnated. His character quickly takes responsibility for helping and getting to know these kids as he begins to meet them anonymously. Some clearly need more help than others, but all pulled on Vince’s heart and you could see that in his acting.
As Vince meets starts to meet each of these children, now in early adulthood, we begin to see how his character is starting to mature. David Wozniak begins to mature because the children he meets early on either need help, need support, or just make him proud because of where they already are. It is almost an addiction, wanting to see more and more of his progeny and what they have grown up to be. It is the occasional surprise that keeps the audience guessing, and the differences in the children begin to reach into the audiences hearts and get us invested in the coming court case on whether he needs to lose his anonymity.
I laughed, I cried, and I saw the movie twice before its release date. And I would see it again with my spouse. Vince Vaughn’s character’s personal journey will touch you as it touched me, this is a great couples movie, you must go see it!
There are 533 biological kids that Vince has sired through the sperm bank. The movie has over 100 actors playing his children. Here are 3 of the actors that played 3 of Vince Vaughn’s kids in the movie:
Now I get to share with you one of the reasons I was so moved by the movie. I was 44 when I adopted my infant son. It was a journey that took a long time and was something I had dreamed about since I was a teenager. I quickly realized after my son was born that the love I had for my child was bigger than anything I could have ever imagined. I realized that my love was unconditional. There is one scene in this movie where I felt that from Vince Vaughn’s character. There was one child of the 533 that he at first responded to in a very detached way. His character seemed to quickly have an epiphany about this child and that is when I lost it. It was a beautiful and moving scene.
I cannot recommend this movie enough, just bring tissues!
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I was also fortunate to get a picture with Bobby Moynihan, the actor who plays one of Vince Vaughn’s brothers in the movie who has some very funny parenting epiphanies as well. You may recognize Bobby from Saturday Night Live!
Disclosure: Disney invited me on a press trip and paid all of my expenses. No other compensation was received. All opinions are always 100% my own and honest. Some pictures courtesy of DreamWorks, Disney and MomStart.com.
And of course, my picture with Vince!