A few months ago – well into 2013 – movie trailers were touting the next great comedy featuring Vince Vaughn, called "Delivery Man."
Sure, I enjoyed Vaughn's fast-talking skill with wit and humor that allows the actor to pull off the ability to be immature and rooted for at the same time. We saw that in "Dodgeball" and "Old School." It was also there, but limited, in "Wedding Crashers" and "Couples Retreat."
To be honest, "Delivery Man" went to the pass list. When I was asked to review the film for the Blu-ray and DVD release today, I gave the story a chance to entertain as I was expecting more of the same form Vaughn.
When Matt Mueller reviewed the theatrical release, he watched it after taking in the original French version "Starbuck" at the Milwaukee Film Festival. He said the American version of the film should have been marked "return to sender." It simply didn’t live up to the first telling of the tale with dark humor and a true heart at its core.
When viewing the film for the first time on Blu-ray, I see where the story was going, wanting to take the viewer on a journey of redemption of a youthful man who has good intentions, but finds his loser self in tough situations.
Vaughn’s character David Wozniak makes a number of donations at a sperm bank and ends up siring 533 children – some of them organized in a lawsuit to find out the real identification of the man only known as "Starbuck."
The money earned from the donation paid to send the family to Venice for the honeymoon his parents never were able to have. Yet the consequences come to haunt, or change him, some 20 years later.
But going in with low expectations, I actually came away liking the film, for the heart of the relationships developed as Vaughn’s Starbuck comes to terms with who he is and who he’d like to be.
Co-star Chris Pratt, who is staring in the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy," is the bright spot of the film, offering some great comedic moments as the working father of four children.
The best feature of the Blu-ray is where director and writer Ken Scott and the producers talk about the process of building the family and how that carries this film. It’s that heart that we are able to feel in the connection with Vaughn, and that makes taking it in worth the effort.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Steve Kabelowsky
Published Dec. 17, 2015
When the weekend is over, chances are the latest "Star Wars" film will have broken a number of box office records across the globe. One record being pushed by the film isn't talked about much, but it means more for the future: preorders.
Published Oct. 29, 2015
To cap off a night of Halloween fun, try out these two home entertainment releases for a final scare or two. For the younger crowd, give "R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls" a try. However, for a final Halloween cinematic creep-out more for the adults in the house, the thriller "Extinction" might be worth scaring up from VOD or a DVD rental spot.
Published Oct. 13, 2015
One tip for success is to surround yourself with good people. And if you are able to endear yourself to those folks, they will tell everyone else they know about how wonderful of a person you are. That's what happens in "Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration," a special production that airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday night on PBS.
Published Oct. 9, 2015
The box-office busting "Avengers: Age of Ultron" took the world by storm again when it was released on Blu-ray, DVD, digital streaming download and On Demand last Friday.
Published Oct. 7, 2015
Is "Mickey's Monster Musical," the new Disney Junior Halloween-themed Blu-ray adventure, particularly scary? No. But is it fun? Yes.
Published Oct. 6, 2015
When lighting, textures and scenery pop on a screen - especially in a familiar tale that we've envisioned ourselves - we can be transported. In the case of Disney's "Cinderella," we feel like we are there, interacting with the characters at the royal ball, waiting for the clock to strike 12 times.
Published Sept. 28, 2015
Starting tonight at 8 p.m. locally, Lada is launching a new national radio show on ESPN radio called "Jorge & Jen," co-hosted by Jorge Sedano.
Published Sept. 22, 2015
We have to wait several more months before "The Force Awakens" unleashes itself upon the world, likely nabbing pretty much every box office record in the galaxy in the process. In the meantime, there's plenty of "Star Wars" related home entertainment - "LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles" and season one of "Star Wars Rebels" - to keep our spare time engrossed in the universe.
Published Sept. 22, 2015
As Pope Francis travels in the U.S., Time Warner Cable has launched a special cable channel to air more of the global church leader's events this week.
Published Aug. 20, 2015
A duo of Disney DVDs - "Descendants" and "Animation Studios Shorts Collection" - find the studio satisfyingly digging up old traditions and characters, and dressing them up in some fun, new ways.