I imagine Delivery Man will be very hard to sell. It markets itself as a comedy, and it is nominally a comedy, but it captures the purest essence of a dramedy, without descending into melancholy.
The issues are real, the people feel real, but the instinct to descend into pure angst is avoided, and in that instance, the comedic element surge forward again marvelously to recapture the mood. It’s a movie that has funny moments because the characters are funny human beings, not because every scene is so madcap that comedy is forced upon it. And I can appreciate that. It adds up to a very heartwarming movie.
David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) is a middle aged slacker who is still working as a delivery man for his father’s business, often failing to complete even simple tasks asked of him. His girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) tells him she’s pregnant, and that she can’t afford to give her child a failure for a father. Soon after, David is met by a lawyer, who tells them that because of a clerical error 20 years earlier, a sperm bank exclusively used him as a provider for all their clients, and that David is the father of 500 odd young persons, many of who are now asking for the identity of their true father to be revealed.
What follows is David’s attempts to come to terms with this fact, followed by his attempts to get to know all of his children. His understanding of their uniqueness, and their own hopes and dreams being so important is a big theme of this movie, and watching David come to terms with what he learns is a wonderful experience.
I don’t really want to spoil anything more, but if you need to have a feel-good movie day, definitely check out this movie. Its characters are realistic, the story is charming, and all the events make for great viewing.