THE DELIVERY MAN
Children Are a Blessing
Release Date: November 22, 2013
Starring: ** Children Are a Blessing **
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 103 minutes
Distributor: DreamWorks/Touchstone Pictures/Walt Disney Company
Director: Ken Scott
Producer: Andre Rouleau
Writer: Ken Scott
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Vince Vaughn stars as David Wozniak, an irresponsible, lazy manchild who is always late to work and at making deliveries for his family’s butcher business. On the same day, he learns that his girlfriend is unexpectedly pregnant and that he’s been anonymously named in a class-action lawsuit by 142 young people who claim he’s their biological father. The children want to know his identity.
David’s girlfriend says she’d rather raise the baby on her own because David is so irresponsible. David decides to secretly start tracking down some of his “children” and seeing what they’re like. He quickly finds that, while he can’t be a father to all 142 of these people, he can perhaps become a “guardian angel” to them. This complicates his life in both humorous and very serious, even toughing ways.
Among the situations in which he finds himself are comically guiding home a fat drunk man. He also persuades dozens of people at a time to listen and donate to one of his sons, who’s a street musician. DELIVERY MAN also has some dramatic, touching moments as well. David discovers one of his daughters has overdosed on heroin and has to decide how best to help her kick her habit. He also befriends a son who’s severely disabled.
The court case looms closer to a judge’s decision. David also faces pressure from his pregnant girlfriend and from loan sharks seeking to collect an $80,000 debt he owes. It becomes clear that David has all sorts of decisions to make.
DELOVERY MAN is a PG-13 version of a small R-rated Canadian comedy, STABUCK, both directed by the same man. DELIVERY MAN mixes very funny moments with some very serious, heartfelt ones. Thus, it follows Walt Disney’s dictum that a great movie makes people laugh and cry. As the star, Vince Vaughn shines in a role that seems made for him.
Better yet, the movie has a strong pro-life message. It also shows the protagonist reconciling with his own father in a poignant, even whimsical, way that’s truly uplifting. Also, although there are some comical sexual innuendoes involving the subject of donating sperm, the movie is otherwise fairly clean, with only brief foul language. However, as noted in the plot description, the protagonist’s girlfriend becomes pregnant. There’s also one scene where David follows one of his 533 children and sees the young man kiss two other men.
Thus, while DELIVERY MAN offers up a pro-life story of parental responsibility and a stirring metaphor for the fact that humans are all part of the same human family in one way or another, the movie’s negative content and brief crudity warrant caution.
Of course, the fact that this comedy exists shows that there are all sorts of unintended consequences and moral problems with the issue of fertility clinics and donating sperm. For instance, what if a sperm donor fathers two children for two separate sets of parents, and the two children eventually meet and get married, without knowing they’re really related? Wouldn’t that be incest? Modern humans haven’t thought through these issues, but maybe they should start.
DELIVERY MAN mixes very funny moments with serious, heartfelt ones. As the star, Vince Vaughn shines in a role that seems made for him. Better yet, the movie has a strong pro-life message. It also shows David doing the right thing, even reconciling with his own father. However, DELIVERY MAN has some comical, crude innuendoes, brief foul language, and brief drug references. This negative content warrants caution.