Movie review: “Delivery Man”

Vince Vaughn and Chris Pratt in "Delivery Man."

Vince Vaughn and Chris Pratt in “Delivery Man.”

By Sarah Cooperman E Pluribus Unum

You have to love Vince Vaughn.  He’s everyone’s favorite well-meaning slacker. Smarter than he looks, his characters half-fast it through some of the most pleasing comedies of a generation: “Swingers,” “Dodgeball,” “Wedding Crashers,” “The Internship” and now “Delivery Man.”

Of course, he always comes out on top, his genuine humanity trumping any number of dumb or selfish decisions he may have made in the backstory. Sure, his films tend to follow a formula, but Vaughn is so likable you don’t mind.

In “Delivery Man,” he is David Wozniak, the underachieving son who drives a meat truck for his father’s butcher shop in New York City.  He’s bad at his job (“It takes you four times longer to make deliveries than any one else,” gripes his father, played by Andrjez Blumenfeld) and underappreciates his stunning girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders).

His life changes for the surreal when he’s notified that his years-ago sales of sperm as a fund-raising enterprise has resulted in over 500 children of whom he is the biological father. David, who clearly is barely capable of keeping his own life above water, initially wants nothing to do with his offspring, but …

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This isn’t really a spoiler alert. You know the rest. Vaughn winningly starts to understand the value of family and responsibility, and many heart-warming scenes ensue.  Can you imagine a Hollywood film in which Vaughn just walks away from his incredibly cute progeny? Not in this lifetime. And certainly not ON Lifetime TV.

One side-story that stood out was the gripes of his shaky lawyer Brett (Chris Pratt) who complains constantly about what a drag it is to be a father, but is shown in one touching family scene after another.

“Delivery Man,” rated PG-13 for a few bad words and drug references, is a solid addition to Vaughn’s body of work. Screenwriters Ken Scott and Martin Petit deserve some kudos for featuring Vaughn but not making the story overly maudlin or supersweet.

Sarah’s score: B+

 

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