‘Delivery Man’ Opens Hoping to Lure Audiences Looking for Heartwarming Tale

Friday, November 22, 2013
By Kevin Crossman

Vince Vaughn toplines Delivery Man, a remake of the Canadian film Starbuck, opening in theaters today. The film’s storyline about a man who unexpectantly discovers he has 533 children and then begins to bond with them is designed to tug on the heartstrings. The question for the film is whether this is the kind of film people want to see Vince Vaughn in and whether the film itself, well, delivers the goods.

Vince Vaughn in Delivery Man

Vince Vaughn in Delivery Man

Delivery Man is directed by Ken Scott, who helmed the original. Having seen Starbuck on NetFlix it is clear the two films have very similar scripts. Several scenes from the original film are shown in the trailer for Delivery Man. Most definitely not a “wacky comedy.” If you want to draw a Vaughn parallel, this is probably more like The Break-Up than Couples Retreat. Given the release opposite the Catching Fire juggernaut, it’s unclear what sort of box office expectations we should have, though one assumes the studio feels this will play well with families over Thanksgiving week.

If you’ve seen Delivery Man, leave a comment below.

3 Responses to “‘Delivery Man’ Opens Hoping to Lure Audiences Looking for Heartwarming Tale”

  1. Chris

    Saw Delivery Man a while back at a pre-screening. Nearly identical to Starbuck, but it’s still good. Vaughn, thankfully, is not his always-rambling character and plays it more pulled back and honestly. I enjoyed it. I’d give it a B-

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  2. Tom P

    I thought The Break Up was funnier than Couples Retreat. By a lot.

    I’m a pretty big fan of Vince, but I have no interest in seeing this movie. Maybe it’s because of the bad taste The Internship left in my mouth. I’m just ready for the return of Wes Mantooth.

    I’m hoping his upcoming movie with Ferrell & McKay gets Vaughn going again.

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  3. Kevin Crossman

    What I meant was that The Break Up had specific dramatic moments, whereas Couple was more of a straight comedy

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