In this heartwarming comedy, underachiever David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) learns he's actually an overachiever -- he's fathered 533 children via donations made twenty years earlier! David soon discovers that the shock of his life might just be the best thing that's ever happened to him. Along the way he discovers not only his true self, but also the father he could become. Also starring Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders -- and complete with bonus materials, it's a feel-good movie that really delivers.
It seemed like a good idea at the time: David Wozniak used his talents to donate to a fertility clinic in his youth, thereby banking a nice chunk of change for a specific goal (which will be revealed late in Delivery Man
). Twenty years later, this youthful business plan comes back to haunt David, because he abruptly learns that the clinic farmed out his donations to hundreds of clients--and his biological progeny now number over 500. That's shock enough, but 142 of these chips off the old block are suing to learn the identity of the donor. All this is going on while hapless David is fending off loan sharks and the disapproval of his neglected girlfriend. If any of this sounds familiar, it's because director Ken Scott already made this story in 2011's Starbuck
, and adapts his own movie quite closely here. The big change is the presence of Vince Vaughn in the lead role, a chance for Vaughn to do his likable-goof routine while also tugging a few heartstrings. Vaughn is an ingratiating actor, and gets able support here from Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders, but the movie goes a little too blandly for feel-good solutions and ignores one too many "Why didn't he just do this" moments that might have solved the whole problem. After a while even Vaughn's efforts can't bail out a storyline this convoluted. --Robert Horton