DELIVERY MAN: THE REVIEW

Salty Kernel, Ben McHolme, heads along to review Vince Vaughn’s latest, DELIVERY MAN. Disappointing it wasn’t as good as I was hoping, although Ben didn’t like The Internship either. The trailer looks great for this – I will still check it out when it releases on Dec 5th in Australia, I am really keen to see it for Jack Reynor, one of the kids – the one from the coffee shop, he starred in one of my favourite art house films of the year WHAT RICHARD DID and is in the upcoming TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. DELIVERY MAN is not rated yet in Australia, but I would guess at an M rating and it runs for 103mins. Enjoy Ben’s review.

I hadn’t heard much about Delivery Man before I ventured into the cinema but I was ready for some typical Vince Vaughn comedy. Admittedly I am not the biggest fan of Vince Vaughn as a comedic actor, I find him a bit overbearing so I was a little apprehensive about an entire movie of Vince Vaughn as the titular character. To me he is a supporting comedian similar to Danny Mcbride or Bill Hader or great in a duo (Wedding Crashers). Unfortunately my expectations were realised, Delivery Man is a good movie with a good story but very ordinary as a comedy. In an age of Downloads, cheap DVD’s and social networking you need better than good to get people to the cinema.

 

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Vince Vaughn (The Break Up, Wedding Crashers, and The Internship) plays David Wozniak. He is your typical movie screw up, making mistakes and not achieving much in his life until on the same day he finds out his girlfriend Cobie Smulders  (How I Met your Mother) is pregnant, he also finds out he his is the father to 533 children. This is due to a number of donations at a fertility clinic, 142 of the children have started a lawsuit to find out his identity. To top it off he works at the family meat business where he is the most unreliable worker and is in thousands of dollars of debt. Luckily he decides to step up and do something with his life by anonymously helping out his children one at a time. This is much to the disappointment of his best friend, and lawyer, Brett as this will not help the defence in the lawsuit.

Brett is played by Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) and for me he is the stand out of the film. Any scene with Chris Pratt was actually quite funny and Vince Vaughn also bounced well of him resulting in some random laugh out loud moments. If I was a studio scout watching this movie (maybe I am) I would be calling Chris’ agent and signing him for a movie deal immediately. He isn’t exceptional but he would be great in a comedy pack, or in a similar supporting role to what he played in this film.

 

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Apart from Chris Pratt the other characters were mostly forgettable. His brother tried to be funny but fell flat. His father seemed to be whispering most of his lines and his girlfriend, who is better known as Robin from How I Met Your Mother, was extremely disappointing. It was as if she turned up had a quick peek at the script, delivered the lines then went home. She was almost like a Delivery Woman.

All of what I have written so far is from the perspective of someone who went into this expecting a comedy however if viewed as a light Drama (dramedy) then it may fare better. There were some heart-warming moments and some parts where you really feel for Vince Vaughn dealing the best he can in an extremely unorthodox situation. So my advice would be to hire this on DVD and view it with the same mindset you would see The Break Up. It won’t be as funny but just like in a movie about a break up you shouldn’t be expecting comedy. Who are you, the Devil?

 

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Hopefully after his last disappointing appearance in the Google advertisement The Internship (of which JK and Cody both enjoyed) and now with this inadequate turnout I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come for Vince Vaughn. Especially with the much anticipated Anchorman 2 just around the corner. On a side note my review probably wasn’t helped by the fact that I was in the most uncomfortable cinema I have ever been in. Leg room suited for a small toddler or a Hobbit only.

 

2 and a Half Pops