Indie Snapshot: Starbuck

by Ethan Alter March 22, 2013 11:47 am
Indie Snapshot: <I>Starbuck</i>

If it weren't already being remade as a Vince Vaughn star vehicle (look for it this fall under the new, more generic title, The Delivery Man), the French-Canadian comedy Starbuck could have easily been retrofitted into a TV sitcom. Just take a gander at the premise: in his youth, fortysomething slacker-with-a-heart-of-gold David Wozniak (Patrick Huard, one of French-speaking Canada's biggest comedy stars, which is akin to being the biggest stand-up act in Des Moines) made frequent and copious donations to his local sperm bank under the alias "Starbuck." Just as he's weighing whether or not to settle down his girlfriend, who is carrying their child, he's informed that his vintage seed was exceptionally popular amongst the bank's clientele and he's now the father of over 500 grown children, a significant chunk of whom now want to meet him. Not wanting to openly admit his parentage (both due to the humiliation factor and the fact that he owes money to some thugs), he pays one-on-one visits to some of his offspring and -- without revealing his true identity -- helps them out of various jams. It's like My Name is Earl crossed with Guys With Kids! Coming this fall to NBC.

Five Things to Know About Delivery Man

by Ethan Alter November 22, 2013 6:00 am
Five Things to Know About <i>Delivery Man</i>

Considering that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is opening this weekend, there's little chance of anyone opting to see Delivery Man -- the Vince Vaughn-starring sacrificial lamb going up against that box office monster -- instead. But if for some unearthly reason you do opt for this ex-wedding crasher over Katniss Everdeen, here are five things you should know:

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