Film Review: ‘Starbuck’

– by Gig Patta

StarBuckPosterCropped So who’s your daddy?

The successful French-Canadian comedy “Starbuck” is finally released this weekend in the United States. Its success in Canada even green lit an American remake starring Vince Vaughn titled “The Delivery Man” to be released later this year. And the original film is good enough that a remake may not be necessary.

The touching story is about David Wozniak (played by Patrick Huard), a single-man who drives a meat delivery truck for his father’s business. And then his past catches up to him with a representative from a fertility clinic informing him that he is indeed the biological father of 533 children with 142 of them suing the clinic for the real identity of “Starbuck.”

With the identities of the children known, David proceeds to stalk his children to know them personally and anonymously (creepy, but isn’t that what’s Facebook is for?).

He befriends his children who include a druggie, a bartender/actor, an alcoholic, a hottie and even a street musician in a subway station.

And slowly, he starts to debate himself on whether he should stay anonymous as their actual biological father.

Director Ken Scott with writer Martin Petit did an excellent job penning a unique comedy that touches the hearts of audiences through laughter and hugs. In fact, Scott will be directing the American re-make with Vaughn—so hopefully lightning will strike twice.

Despite the subtitles (it is a French-Canadian film), none of the messages are lost in translation. The original film did generate $3 million at the box office in Canada in 2011. So it’s very worthy of a release in the United States.

“Starbuck” is a funny lovable film that you’ll start giggling just hearing what the movie’s plot is about. In fact, the film is full of hugs and laughter that you can end up crying and laughing at the same time with those tears of joy.

The movie is in limited release in select cities.

Grade: B+

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