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Starbuck (2011)

Patrick Huard , Julie LeBreton , Ken Scott  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton
  • Directors: Ken Scott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The original movie that inspired DreamWorks' upcoming Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn and Chris Pratt, coming to theaters November 2013.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to Grow Up, Bucko! October 14, 2012
This Canadian entry to the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival (this review was first posted May 7th, 2012) is a "crowd-pleaser," which is snide film-critic speak for "No betrayals, no angst, no slaughters, no misery," nothing that warms the cockles of the hearts of the artistes; just a laugh-filled time spent with a witty guy who just happened to make 533 deposits in a sperm bank (for money) 20 years ago. (Wait until you figure out the reason he wanted the money!) Through a clerical error, the clinic used only his deposits for a year. (At the clinic, he went by the name "Starbuck" for anonymity.)

Now middle-aged and completely oblivious to the clinic's old error, our hero is an over-grown adolescent, living with a lovely young policewoman who just found out she's pregnant. He drives a delivery truck for his father's butcher shop and mostly ignores all of his parking tickets and any temptation to grow up. Her news is NOT welcome.

Out of the blue, 142 of his offspring file a class-action lawsuit to meet their biological father. They include: a manicurist, a soccer player, a bartender, an actor, a drug addict, a busker, etc., etc., etc. They are male and female, gay and straight. One is institutionalized because he has cerebral palsy. Of course the press has a field day trying to uncover the mysterious "Starbuck."

We have:
* Patrick Huard ("Funkytown") is Starbuck, our lusty hero, who quietly starts tracking down some of his children and is surprised by what he finds.
* Antoine Bertrand ("The Necessities of Life") is his best friend, who is (almost) a lawyer and volunteers to defend him in court to keep his identity a secret.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Canadian comedy with serious undertones April 30, 2013
Imagine my surprise when out of the blue this past weekend this movie appeared at the local art-house theatre here in Cincinnati, even though this movie is two years old and I think already available on DVD. I had heard about this movie, and the premise of the movie was such that I gave in and went to see it.

"Starbuck" (2011 release from Quebec; 110 min.) brings the story of David (played by Patrick Huard), who in the late 80s made frequent donations to the local sperm bank (why? because he needed the money! Starbuck? his alias at the sperm bank!) and now 20+ years later learns from the sperm bank's lawyer that his sperm was used on many occasions, resulting in no less than 533 biological kids (!), and that 142 of them now have filed a class action law suit to find out the identity of their biological father. As it is, Davis is a good-for-nothing who slacks on the job (at his father's butcher shop) and not very nice to his girlfriend (whom we learn has just become pregnant). David gets a package with the profiles of the 142 kids in the class action, and he secretly starts out to observe them (without revealing his identity). They are in all walks of life: a pool lifeguard, a bartender, a foot manucurist, a guitarist playing in the subway for money and even a handicapped young man. Then one day one of the 142 has pieced things together and confronts David, threatening to "out" him. At this point we are about half-way into the movie. Will David's identity be revealed to these kids? Will he tell his girlfriend about his situation? To tell you more of the plot would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starbuck November 17, 2013
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This movie is funny without being slapstick. There are many touching moments throughout. Even though it's in French with English subtitles, we found it to understand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet story. May 17, 2013
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I adore this movie. Patrick Huard does a wonderful job portraying the varying emotions of a sperm donor whose kids come looking for him. My son was conceived in the same manner, and we have had contact with our sperm donor, but not with these wonderful results. It is definitely a "FEEL GOOD" movie I think everyone should enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a French Canadian film from director Ken Scott who also wrote this avec Martin Petit. It is about David Wozniak, who is one of life's well meaning people who always seem to make things go wrong. He works in the family butchers business where he is the delivery driver, but also forgets to do that sometimes too. He also plays part time `soccer' - badly and then gets told by his long suffering girlfriend, Valerie (Julie LeBreton) that she is pregnant. He decides to clean up his act, pay off his considerable debts (which he is keeping quiet and trying to pay off by growing pot, all of the plants don't seem to want to live though).

Then he gets approached by a lawyer who says he is representing a group action of 142 young adults who are all the result of artificial insemination from a particular clinic, where he made a vast number of `deposits', it turns out he had the best `material' and has fathered 533. He is shocked at first but then curiosity gets the better of him and he decides to see what his `kids' are really like and if he should reveal his identity.

This is a funny, sweet, warm and sometimes moving piece of cinema; I was reaching for the hankies on a couple of occasions. He had made the `deposits' under the fake name of Starbuck, hence the title and is played by Patrick Huard who also made `Funky Town' which is another little gem. All of the cast are excellent and so much is crammed in here that you really are getting great value in a great feel good film. It is nigh on all in French, lots of English in the soundtrack which includes `Tuung' and the brilliant `The National'. The sub titles are all good too, the framing of the shots is adequate nothing award winning but still it has a wonderful feel to the whole thing and I really loved it, Ken Scott's next one is `Delivery Man' if it is half as good as this it will be worth the wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spent a happy afternoon watching Starbuck
The main character just carries the film. Spent a happy afternoon watching Starbuck.
Published 10 days ago by Jim Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - a little raw and not for younger than ...
Brilliant - a little raw and not for younger than young adults but good movie. American Delivery Man was a complete rip off of this original story. Worth reading the subtitles.
Published 1 month ago by kwb
4.0 out of 5 stars A very charming movie with a great natural performance from Patrick...
A very charming movie with a great natural performance from Patrick Huard in the title role. As the bumbling, black sheep of the family, David Wozniak, a hapless Butcher Shop... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Medellin
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story about the meaning of family
This was a powerful movie. Funny but also very poetic and inspiring.
Published 3 months ago by asimov4
5.0 out of 5 stars We saw this movie at the theatre (art house) and fell in love with it.
Real glad we got the dvd. It's not the film of a lifetime but it's great for what it is. A cool story and well cast. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris bct
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting "What IF?" scenario for grown ups
A different kind of movie. If you like foreign films, this one is definitely worth a look. This one was filmed in Canada with a French soundtrack, with English subtitles. Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. Grismayer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must-see, feel-good movie
It is set in Montreal first of all--an amazing city. This is a lovely story that hits all the right notes and is not sensationalized and dumbed-down for the "American"... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alynny
5.0 out of 5 stars It tells a true history
Funny, original, captured the complex duality of Canada socio-democratic, socialist mentality that blocks the real Canadian love affair: MONEY!
Published 8 months ago by Erasmo Nuzzi Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadbeat donor
She you first begin to watch its more out of curiosity, but once you get into the movie the deep Connections and the reality of truth behind the anonymous doner. Read more
Published 8 months ago by l stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars FEEL GOOD
Well done film with some great life messages -- you will feel good during and after watching. Nice mix of story and comedy.
Published 9 months ago by S. Cohen
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