I am a total sap when it comes to movies, and I LOVE a movie with a happy ending. If you are you looking for a heartwarming movie to see with your loved ones this holiday season, Delivery Man is the one.
A departure from his typical slapstick role, Vince Vaughn portrays an average guy with a big problem. Turns how he unwittingly fathered 533 children through a series of anonymous donations 20 years ago and 142 of those children want to meet him. Ok, so maybe he isn’t so average.
Filled with laugh out loud moments (“Nos Soy David Wozniak!”) it is also a story about family. And while his predicament is beyond extreme, the message about family that makes this movie so poignant.
David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) has always led a simple life. A delivery driver for his family’s meat company, he is seemingly content existing in a state of perpetual mediocrity. While David has a good heart, charming everyone he comes in contact with, he is immature, unfocused, in serious debt and in desperate need of some sense of direction in his life. But when he finds out he is the biological father of 533 children and 142 of them are suing to learn his identity, everything changes, and David decides he wants to do the right thing and for once, be held accountable for his actions.
I have actually had the opportunity to see this movie twice, and to be frank I wasn’t expecting much when I saw it the first time this summer. The premise seemed so far-fetched, and this sap likes relatable movies. I was surprised as the story unfolded how much of the movie is relatable. Not the 533 kids, but the relationships David builds with those kids and those with his traditional family. He seems like a total screw up at first, but there is something good and decent underneath. Even his donations, which resulted in 533 kids, were the result of David caring for those around him. (Wait, you will see what I mean.)
It is a departure from Vince Vaughn’s typical roles, and that’s what I liked about it. The movie had depth. It was a dramity that literally left me laughing and crying — both times I saw it. When I met with Vince Vaughn I was surprised to learn that like this movie, he is a deep family man – not a corny comedian.
In this movie about family, the supporting cast is also superb. Best friend Brett (Chris Pratt), girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) and father Mikolaj (Andrzej Blumenfeld) maybe the most forgiving and understanding people in history, but their unwavering love for David (even through his screw ups) is admirable.
Go see Delivery Man.