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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."
* 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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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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A great feel good movie. As a private sperm donor myself, it was something that I reflect on, and this movie addressed a lot of my thoughts, especially as the kids grow up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ice cream samarai salami
One of my favorite foreign films from 2011 (I think it was released in the US in 2012 or 2013). This movie was so good that it was remade in English with Vince Vaughn BUT THIS... Read morePublished 11 months ago by distractedbygold
You know those movies where there is no likeable character? Where even the hero is a jerk at best. Well, this is one of those movies where everyone is likeable. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Oleson
My husband and I love this movie so much! Fortunately we won tickets to see this movie for free (I never would have bought tickets because it was subtitled). Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ehleighen
This is an amazing French-Canadian film. Just a great film, that is both very funny, and very touching. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Elorim
The main character just carries the film. Spent a happy afternoon watching Starbuck.Published 16 months ago by Jim Hamilton
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 17 months ago by kwb
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 morePublished 17 months ago by Mark Medellin