David Wozniak is a meat delivery driver who has a girlfriend who doesn't trust him, owes money to the mob, and is the father of 533 children. All of this in the new film Delivery Man, now on video.
Wozniak, played by Vince Vaughn, works for the family meat business in New York City - Wozniak & Sons. He also happens to owe $80,000 to the mob. His girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) is pregnant, and she doesn't even want him to be in their kid's life. David is also not very good at his job, according to his father Mikolaj (Andrzej Blumenfeld); his meat deliveries are always four hours late.
So, when one day David finds a lawyer at his house who announces to him that he has fathered 533, how can his life get any worse?
David realizes that his college days are coming back to haunt him, as he was a very frequent donor to the local sperm bank to help him pay his way through college. And unfortunately, according to the lawyer, the sperm bank ended up using all of his sperm (instead of the other donors) to impregnate women, and now 142 of these children have filed a class action lawsuit to find out who their real father is.
David does not want to be known as the father. He also decides it is time to step up and be a man, and to try to prove to Emma that he will be a good father to their child. David enlists his best friend and lawyer Brett (Chris Pratt) to represent him in court to make sure his name does not get out, especially since he doesn't want Emma to find out as well. Brett hands David a package which includes all of 'his children's' profiles, so what does David do? He decides to start meeting them, one by one (anonymously of course). The first on the list is a basketball player for the New York Knicks. The second kid he visits happens to work at a barista and is an aspiring actor, so David works one of his shifts so he can go to an acting audition. The third child he visits, Kristen (Britt Robertson) happens to take a drug overdose while he is visiting, so it is up to David to save her and make sure she goes to work and stays on the right path. Other children he visits include a lifeguard, a drunk, a nail salon worker, a busker, and a severely retarded son, who he visits quite often and who he wants to build a relationship with. He also tells the boy that he is his father.
As he gets to meet more and more of 'his' kids (who have formed one large support group and call themselves Starbuck, the alias name David used at the sperm bank), and with his girlfriend about to give birth, David has taken on more responsibility than he can handle.
Delivery Man is a film that won't change the world, but is a cute and funny look at a man who has no cares and responsibilities in life, then all of a sudden has more than he can handle. Vaughn is very good in this role. (We are used to seeing him in similar roles but with worse scripts.) In Delivery Man, directed by Ken Scott, we both have sympathy for him and want to cheer him on to step up to the plate. It is a film worth checking out.
Delivery Man is a re-telling of the 2011 French-Canadian film Starbuck, also directed by Scott.