Why Delivery Man is Kinda Awesome

Vince Vaughn kicks it up a notch with Delivery Man

Delivery Man is, surprisingly, much more than it appears on the surface; most people who see this film will expect to see Vince Vaughn in his usual Wedding Crashers (2005) style, and whilst there are definitely moments, the slapstick comedy is actually fairly absent. There is a lot more depth to this story, and when you get down to it, it's really all about the importance of family.

Vaughn plays David Wozniak, a serial underachiever working as a delivery man transporting meat from his father’s meat store and, to put it bluntly, he's a very incompetent one. He has no goals, nothing really to show for his life and he is in serious financial difficulty (though this is mentioned on many occasions throughout the film it never really conveys the seriousness that is required of the situation, and is simply glossed over as a secondary plot). David is in a failing relationship with Cobie Smulder’s Emma, who has had her fill of his unreliability and problems. When she reveals that she is pregnant she also states that she wants to raise the baby alone. Emma’s prime concern is that David does not have a life, let alone a direction.

Cobie Smulders has a small, yet important role, but is significantly underused

Despite this being enough to base an entire story around, the film takes a decidedly different turn when David discovers that 20 years ago, when he repeatedly visited a fertility clinic and donated sperm for money under the name of Starbuck, that something went awry and the clinic used his donation many times. He is told that he has 533 children, and 142 of them are filing a lawsuit against the clinic to find out who their biological father is.

David consults his lawyer and best friend (Chris Pratt, perfect in the role) who recommends he not have any contact with any of his children. The best part of this movie is when David goes against this advice and decides to visit some of the 142 who have sent an envelope with their profiles to him. David becomes what he calls a guardian angel to these kids; despite his actions being almost insignificant in a way, he touches the lives of his children, and all the while they have no idea who he is. Despite what may be the stereotypical lazy good-for-nothing type character, David is very likeable and you can’t help but approve of what he does.

David learns the importance of family

There are some great laughs in this film, but mostly it manages to make you smile. It is not a big blockbuster movie, it’s not a weepie or even anything really remotely special, but director Ken Scott has attempted - and succeeded - to make a film that simply shows how important family is despite all their faults and flaws. It also expresses the message to live life to the fullest and acts of kindness go a long way. What a lovely sentiment, and certainly not bad for a Vince Vaughn film. It won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but check it out as it is well worth a watch.

Final Score: 7/10

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