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Movie review: Vaughn sleepwalks through tired 'Delivery Man'

Published November 21, 2013 6:30 pm

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If I cut and pasted my review from last year of the lackluster French-Canadian comedy "Starbuck" in this space, it would not just describe my feelings of the American remake, "Delivery Man," but take as much effort as star Vince Vaughn did starring in it.

Vaughn plays David Wozniak, the screw-up delivery-truck driver in his Brooklyn family's meat business, dealing with debts to mobsters and news from his cop girlfriend, Emma (Cobie Smulders), that she's pregnant. David also learns that the anonymous donations he made to a sperm bank two decades earlier have led to 533 children (the script mentions this number a lot, as if repetition would make it funnier).

Now, some of those now-adult children have filed a lawsuit demanding the donor, code-named "Starbuck," reveal himself. David decides to meet a few of these kids and sees they live all kinds of lives, from a wannabe actor (Jack Reynor) to a troubled junkie (Britt Robertson).

Writer-director Ken Scott changes very little from his original, but the humor feels lazy and the dramatic moments forced as Vaughn sleepwalks through the role. The movie's bright spot is Chris Pratt ("Parks & Recreation"), hilarious as Brett, David's married-with-kids buddy and underqualified lawyer.

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'Delivery Man'

Opens Friday, Nov. 22, at theaters everywhere; rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language; 103 minutes.