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 "Delivery Man" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Vince Vaughn plays David Wozniak, an unreliable and irresponsible man who makes his "living" driving a meat delivery truck for his father's butcher shop.  We also learn that he has fallen deeply into debt and is trying to grow hydroponic weed in his apartment to make up the difference.  Then his girlfriend, Emma (Smulder) [a cop, naturally] announces she is pregnant.  About this time a lawyer approaches Wozniak to advise him that he is representing 142 clients who claim to be Wozniak's biological children.  They want to know who their real father is and they are willing to go to court to make this happen.  (It turns out that Wozniak made numerous deposits at a fertility clinic in the early 90's and records indicate that he is in fact the father of 533 children!)  The attorney leaves behind a dossier containing detailed background information on the 142 children who have come forward.  Wozniak's curiosity will get the better of him.

Specifications

  • Dreamworks
  • 2013, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 45 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders
  • Directed by:  Ken Scott
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

The movie worked for me from the standpoint that I connected with the main characters and wanted everything to work out OK for them.  So I was sufficiently touched at the end and that was for the better.  But that is not to say that this movie wasn't largely a sophomoric effort.  (It was, but a lot less so than other Vaughn fims).  There is also a high predictability factor with this movie.  So it is due to the triteness and predictability that I am giving "Delivery Man" only 3 stars.  As with many other Rom Coms, my recommendation is to rent it on an evening when you are in the right mood.  If you are not in the right mood, then pass on it.

Technical

The picture quality of this disc is excellent.  Outdoor scenes in particular are vibrant and detailed with excellent contrast and natural color saturation.  I found some of the indoor scenes were perplexingly soft and so I am deducting half a star on this point.  The audio is fine with legible dialogue.  The musical score is clean and listenable but pales when compared to the musical reproduction on a movie such as "American Hustle".  So the audio on "Delivery Man" falls in the servicable if not specatacular category.

Extras

Building Family (making of featurette), Vince Vaughn: Off the Cuff (cast interviews), a Bloopers Reel and one Deleted Scene.