Ken Scott‘s Delivery Man is a surprisingly touching and heartfelt film, led with an emotionally funny charm by Vince Vaughn and carried out by its equally entertaining supporting cast of Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders. Delivery Man may appear to be your typical, surface-level Holiday feel-good film, but it’s actually a film with a great message and one that’s worth seeing and enjoying. Delivery Man is funny, sincere, meaningful and exactly the kind of movie that you should take a chance on come this Holiday season.
David (Vince Vaughn) is a middle-aged man with not a whole lot going for him. His girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) doesn’t have much hope for him, while his own family barely puts up with him. He’s lazy, unmotivated and drives around, delivering meat, for the family business. He owes a lot of money to the wrong people and no matter how big of a smile he can get out of someone on any given day, he’s just not going places.
That all changes when he finds out that the sperm he donated when he was younger gave birth to over 500 people. Now, they all want to know who their biological father is, while David is dealing with having a kid of his own.
This presents him with a unique challenge. He can either finally take responsibility and be proud of something in his life or listen to his best friend/lawyer (Chris Pratt) and sue the clinic and use the winning money to pay off his debt and continue to live a life of disappointment and no direction.
Delivery Man is actually a remake of a film called Starbuck, which was also written and directed by Ken Scott. I’m not sure why Scott decided to remake his own film this quickly, but I haven’t seen the original, so I will be doing no comparing to the source material.
A film like Delivery Man sounds exactly like something the studios would push through around the Holiday times to earn a quick buck or two, but Ken Scott‘s film is actually something worth some value. Delivery Man works so well for various reasons. The first being Vince Vaughn, who actually gives one of his better performances of the past years. Vaughn has been known for playing the same roles and with Delivery Man he certainly brings his usual laid back charm and humor, but he’s also challenged with material that forces him to dig a little deeper.
And Vaughn has no troubles adapting and shaping the film into something that’s full of heart, yet still funny and enjoyable. This is because Scott has written a great character and because Vaughn can actually act well when given the right material. Vaughn’s David is typical, coming off as that guy with great intentions and a big heart, just not a lot of common sense or motivation. The script gives him plenty of room to grow and expand and Vaughn’s ability to make a joke out of just about anything definitely helps the character feel more natural.
The supporting cast also helps balance out the film, with Chris Pratt hogging up most of the spotlight as David’s equally stupid best friend. Pratt almost steals all of the best jokes from Vaughn, proving that he’s slowly becoming more and more worthy of staring in his own film. Pratt and Vaughn bounce off of each other well, providing enough quick jokes to keep things flowing throughout the film’s quick, yet packed running time.
Seriously, the film moves at a good enough pace, yet it feels a lot longer than it actually is. This is a good thing though, because Ken Scott makes the best of the film’s time, never wasting a single second.
Delivery Man is something that is going to surprise a lot of people. The trailers hint at something light, simple and mostly funny, but the actual film is a tad more dramatic, yet funny as promised. Ken Scott‘s direction is sincere and heartfelt, approaching serious subjects through a fresh and bright lens, plus his eye for humor at just the right moments makes Delivery Man something that earns your laughs with ease. It’s not a laugh-out-loud comedy or a true tearjerker, but it shouldn’t have any problems getting you emotionally invested.
Delivery Man is a great example of a decent-looking film going above and beyond its expectations, because of Ken Scott‘s attachment to the material that he’s already created elsewhere and because of the dedicated performance by Vince Vaughn, who’s is a breath of fresh air, leading the film with a role that’s actually got some depth and dynamic, while Chris Pratt eats up most of the supporting lines and helps give the film momentum and rapid humor.
There’s no denying that Delivery Man cuts some corners to quicken the outcome and maybe even cheapen some of the weight, but there’s still a lot going for the film. It’s really hard to hate on a film that’s so motivational and full of good and kindness, especially when nothing about is overly sloppy or bad. Your mileage may very on the film’s actual holding value, but I found myself surprised with just how much heart Scott was able to mix with Vaughn’s usual laughs. Delivery Man just might be the warmest and most enjoyable movie of the Holiday season.
Delivery Man – 7.5/10