Friday, November 29, 2013

Movie Review: Delivery Man

Delivery Man is about a man (David/Vince Vaughn) who finds out he fathered over 500 children through sperm donations during the 1990's.  When over one hundred of the brood become young adults, they petition the sperm bank to waive confidentiality results in order to meet their biological father.  

Before any of the legal stuff gets going, David gets his hands on his children's profiles.  One by one he seeks them out and attempts to help them in some kind of way.  He wants a connection.  One of his kids is a professional ball player, another one a drug-addict, and another one is in a home and confined to a wheel chair.  And so it goes, kid-by-kid he tries to make a difference despite being broke and average in every way.  Meanwhile, David owes some not-very-nice people $80,000 and has knocked-up his girlfriend.
As the lawsuit gets going, the children organize as brothers and sisters, forming Facebook pages and family reunion parties.  David legally wins to maintain his anonymity along with a huge amount of money from his counter suit.  He gives it all up because he wants his children to know him.

My Opinion:  If you are looking for laughs, this is not the movie for you.  Yes, it's got some funny parts, but also some emotional and uncomfortable parts.  What I loved about this movie is the emphasis on the important role that fathers play.  We live in a society that almost suggests that fathers are a nice extra in a child's upbringing, like frosting on a cake.  Fathers are not an upgrade, they are a need. This movie brings up the emptiness a child feels without having a father.  
Another theme bravely opens the door to the downside of science playing God.  This is something that could really happen.  Half-sisters and half-brothers could meet unaware of their DNA relation and procreate, committing incest without even knowing.  Overall, Vince Vaughn is growing as an actor-his 2D comedy one-liners are taking a seat to some real acting.  I really enjoyed the movie as did my kids.  Just about any man can father a child, but it takes a real man to be one.  Great stuff and very inspirational!  4.5/5 Stars

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