Genre: Comedy, Drama,
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt, Andrzej Blumenfeld, Dave Patten, Jack Reynor, Adam Chanler-Berat, Madison McGrew, Jessica Williams, Britt Robertson.
Year Of Release: 2014
Runtime: 104 minutes
Director: Ken Scott
Synopsis: An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity. IMDB
When you first read the synopsis for this film you instantly think why, why would this even be a film it seems over the top, well I did personally.
When David Wozniak played by the hugely loved Vince Vaughn finds out that he is the father of 533 children through his donations that he made to a fertility clinic (sperm bank for those who don’t know) two decades ago. He now learns that a huge chunk of these children want to meet him and find out who their father is. Going against the advice from his best friend and lawyer Brett (Pratt) also in unison with trying to fix the relationship he has with his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders), David decides to seek out his children to find out how they have ended up.
Extremely-fertile David Wozniak, is such a simple character with a heart of gold, he is a driver of a deli truck for his family’s butcher business, a job which he does very badly according to his father. He is also a bit of a simpleton at times, given that his girlfriend is a policewoman and he turns his apartment into a marijuana den. Sick of him being a relative failure, she finds out that she is pregnant and tells him that she is going to raise the baby without any of his help.
David has MUCH bigger problems when it’s comes up that there has been a cock-up (yes I did just use two puns, hopefully the last ha) resulting in him fathering 533 children, now 142 of which want to know the identity of their biological father who is known only be the name of “Starbuck”. Going against advice from Brett (Pratt) he decides to go all ninja like and to an extent spy on his new found children in which he discovers their talents range from pro basketball player, actor, busker and even to a less desirable end of the spectrum one of his children has a drug problem another has severe disabilities and is confined to a wheel chair.
This film is a kind of a change of pace for Vaughn who we have seen play numerous frat boy-esque characters, even his most recent role before this in “The Internship” was very frat boy, he even turned his Google team into their own the fraternity ha. Not to say that his past films don’t have a huge push on the Drama side as does a lot of his work, the movie is a great mix of Comedy and Drama making it a pretty solid Dramedy film. The film is a roller coaster of highs and lows, that while not entirely relatable, there are parts of Davids struggles that everybody can relate too.
The movie however does start off with Vaughn in his typical role, but hold out for a little while an you will be in for a treat, I am not normally one for these “feel good” Dramaedys. However, this one I really enjoyed, it has some very funny scenes an even a few tug on the heart string moments too. Vaughn and Pratt have a perfect dynamic, you would think these guys had been doing collabs together for years, Pratt really serves as the comedic route away from the parts of the movie that bring you down and boy is he great at it!