Sometimes we look back on our lives and think to ourselves, “Where did I go wrong?” The decisions we’ve made weren’t always the right (or smart) ones and we find that we aren’t exactly where we want to be. We may be good people and our hearts may always be in the right place; however, we find ourselves questioning, “Where do I go from here?” If you’ve ever felt that way, then you can totally relate to Delivery Man.
Dreamwork’s Delivery Man stars Vince Vaughn as David Wozniak, a man who just can’t seem to catch a break as he’s his own worst enemy. Bad decision after bad decision, David finds himself stuck as a delivery driver for his family’s meat store, owing money to some unsavory characters and on the outs with his pregnant girlfriend. Just when things couldn’t get worse, David is informed he’s the father of 533 children due to an “excess” donation he made to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier. As David copes with this shocking discovery, he’s also is trying to get his life back on track and comes to learn that some mistakes aren’t always a bad thing.
What I really liked about this film was that it simply was a good story that I myself could relate to as a parent and someone who hasn’t always made the right choices. Vaughn’s character was very likable although very flawed (but that made him even more likable). Watching him get to know his children bit by bit as he’s proud one moment, disappointed the next, is something all parents can empathize with. Parents aren’t perfect but we can’t expect our children to be either; we love them and accept them no matter what. The struggle between jumping in to help your kids with letting them sink or swim on their own, was another element seen in this movie. I was moved during certain moments, trying not to cry, and I was sympathetic at other times, thinking, “Yes, I totally feel that way too.”
I have to give honorable mention to Chris Pratt who played David’s best friend and attorney. He was the movie’s comic relief and man, he did an awesome job. Not only was Pratt hilarious but he nailed that “I’m just so exhausted, I don’t care my kid just fell asleep in the dirt” parent. I don’t even mind he let himself go for this film when he got ripped and toned for Zero Dark Thirty. It fit the part and oddly reminded me of my husband a little.
As far as what I didn’t like about Delivery Man ….well, there wasn’t much. Overall, I thought it was a very good movie and I totally recommend for ages 14 and up. My fifteen-year-old daughter watched this movie with me and she liked it as much as I did (and agreed with me about Pratt). It’s a perfect “movie date” film or “moms’ night out” flick. If you do go see Delivery Man, prepare to laugh, perhaps cry but definitely be prepared to walk away feeling a tad better about your life. It could be worse…you can have 533 kids!
Delivery Man is in theaters today!
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