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The Delivery Man

Delivery ManIn Vince Vaughn's latest lowbrow, high-concept comedy, the fast-talking firecracker from Swingers and Wedding Crashers looks exhausted....Delivery ManComedyPT105MPG-13In Vince Vaughn's latest lowbrow, high-concept comedy, the fast-talking firecracker from Swingers and Wedding Crashers looks exhausted....2013-12-04
WHAT CAN VAUGHN DO FOR YOU? Vince Vaughn's latest offering fails to deliver on it's premise.

WHAT CAN VAUGHN DO FOR YOU? Vince Vaughn's latest offering fails to deliver on it's premise. (Jessica Miglio)

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Delivery Man

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Vince Vaughn; Director: Ken Scott; Release Date Wide: 11/22/2013; Runtime (in minutes): 105; MPAA Rating: PG-13

In Vince Vaughn’s latest lowbrow, high-concept comedy, the fast-talking firecracker from Swingers and Wedding Crashers looks exhausted. You get the sense from his red-rimmed eyes and lifeless patter that even he’s tired of the junk he’s been cranking out lately. An uninspired remake of the recent — and far better — Canadian import Starbuck, Delivery Man is the story of a Brooklyn screwup named David Wozniak, who years ago donated his sperm to a fertility clinic for money. It wasn’t just a one-time lark. During a 33-month period in the ’90s, David was paid to ”wrestle the dragon” 633 times (no wonder Vaughn looks so worn-out), resulting in 533 children. Now some of those kids are suing to find out the identity of their donor dad. Oh yeah, and David’s in-the-dark girlfriend (How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders) tells him that she’s pregnant too. Honestly, the setup sounds more promising than the hash that Vaughn and writer-director Ken Scott make of it. The lazy script jerks back and forth between masturbation-joke slapstick and gloppy sentimentality as David seeks out his offspring and tries to help them like a creepy guardian angel. The only saving grace is Chris Pratt as Vaughn’s deadpan best friend. Otherwise, Delivery Man is a limp-noodle story about an unlikable guy who manages to grow up and become a marginally less unlikable guy. C

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