Delivery Man review

Ken Scott
Vince Vaughn
Chris Pratt
Cobie Smulders
Rated: PG-13

“Delivery Man” isn’t actually an original film, it’s a remake of a French-Canadian comedy.

Vince Vaughn plays David, a man who is just sort of coasting through life. He works as a delivery man for his dad’s meat store and owes a lot of money to some bad people. Early in the movie, he also learns that his girlfriend Emma (Smulders) is pregnant.

As if his problems weren’t enough, he finds out that he fathered over 500 children by anonymous sperm donation 20 years ago. A law suit is filed by 142 of the children to reveal his identity. To deal with the situation, David turns to the help of his friend Brett (Pratt), who is a lawyer. As he does this though, David discovers he may actually want to get to know some of the children he fathered.

The most glaring flaw of this movie is the story, because it is predictable from start to finish. It’s not very hard to put two and two together when considering how each of the plot conflicts are going to resolve themselves. There’s not much in terms of tension, but to make matters worse, it doesn’t really leave anything open for some really good jokes, which make for a dull comedy.

Fortunately for the film’s sake, Vaughn does deliver (no pun intended) an OK performance here. He doesn’t bring much of his more over-the-top comedic styles, for example there is none of the fast talking, used car salesman schtick. His acting as the character David is played in a more reserved way, with Vaughn still bringing some of his humorous charm to the movie.

Chris Pratt, who plays David’s friend and lawyer is also a good addition to the movie, in fact he’s probably the funniest. Most of the humor throughout the film is given by Pratt’s character.

Unfortunately, Vaughn and Pratt are the only ones really giving any kind of good comedy. The supporting cast is very weak, including Smulders who doesn’t really give a special performance. And then when it comes to the children filing the lawsuit, none of them are very memorable and their emotional moments in the movie come off as a bit forced.

The fact is that the movie just isn’t very funny. Nothing comes out of nowhere and there’s nothing new or fresh. Plus, many of the emotional moments just don’t hit very hard.

“Delivery Man” isn’t bad, it’s just very weak. It barely has any laughs, it was too predictable and most of the cast doesn’t wow an audience. Vaughn and Pratt do manage to raise the movie up a little bit, though. Low 2 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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