Remakes are certainly not a new invention, but their number increases considerably in recent years, such as "Dinner for Schmucks" in 2010 (the original is from France, 1998), "Let Me In" also in 2010 (Swedish Original: " Let The Right One In" , 2008), and also the French hit "Intouchables" from the year 2011 to prompt a U.S. remake was announced. And now, "Carrie" and "The Delivery Man".
The latter is a remake of the French-Canadian film "Starbuck" which was released only last year. The film is actually a nearly one-to-one copy. Only that you can specify the charismatic Canadian actor and comedian Patrick Huard by the U.S. "change artist par excellence" Vince Vaughn replaced.
Let's be honest: Vince Vaughn's facial expressions could also be cast in Botox, it does not show much change. But that is also not necessary in his movies, but he plays mostly the love, lovable loser in (romantic) comedies in which the sparkling screenplay is more important than the acting.
So it looks as David Wozniak (yes, even the name remained the same!) with his big eyes suffering relatively expressionless through the scenery. And if I now copy the contents of "Starbuck" or from "The Delivery Man" summarize that truly makes no difference: David Wozniak is - you guessed it - a love, lovable loser. It builds on hemp to supplement his monthly salary, and so comes into contact with shady characters. He earned his living as deliveryman in his family's butcher shop.
But according to his family, he is the worst deliveryman. Before he was a sperm donor and he earned under the synonym "Starbuck", has a five-figure sum. David sperm proved to be especially productive in the shortest time 533 children emerged. 142 of them now want to get to know their biological father and therefore sue a disclosure of the donor.
But David has completely different issue now: His girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders aka Robin Scherbatsky) is pregnant - and a child reaches him first. But there would still be David's chronic lack of money and the associated regular attendance of shady character who demand a certain sum from him.
Chris Pratt, Wozniak's friend Brett has the idea to sue the hospital because of the hype that is now built around the case "Starbuck" for pain and suffering. However, Brett has not reckoned with his friend David. Because the starts for his 142 children to be interested ...
That sounds pretty silly, and of course all over the top, but it is - at least in the original - not really. While Patrick Huard charming embodies the absolute failure, Vince Vaughn usually has a very out of place. As if the director and writer (Ken Scott) consistently understood not right.
Thus, the role of the protagonist remains very superficial and dull, you can hardly developed sympathy for him, with just that in "Starbuck supporting the feeling of the spectator" Absolute sympathy for this bumbling guy.
But not only Vince Vaughn seems totally miscast, but the rest of the cast. The acts namely thrown together wildly, as if you quickly want to occupy the film: In the family Wozniak there are no outward similarities, David is more than for his siblings and his father, a giant, and David's children are similar and their biological father not a bit. But this was better attempted at the original film.
In addition, 142 children had unparalleled recognition. They knew immediately which of them are the lifeguard, which the musician and son which the budding actor. In "The Delivery Man" there is speculation again and again, who is now. And this is not due to a possible confusion seemingly vulnerable, the superficial similarity, but simply on the pale and dull way of playing the actor.
For convenience seems to be the hallmark of director Ken Scott. He took a long dialogue sequences, most jokes, scene settings, and even the movements of the actors partly one to one from the original. Certainly, the director and screenwriter of "Starbuck" would be pretty angry about it - if they were not the same!
You read correctly: Ken Scott wrote the screenplay for "Starbuck" and took this very well for "The Delivery Man."
The film feels like an identical copy, for example when David in the hospital between the anxious nurse and his drug-addicted daughter up and down ... Or he meets the legal representative of the hospital and "Yo no soy David Wozniak" replies. This is done in the original very charming, in the remake it works, however exaggerated.
As a blunder is also proving to Chris Pratt, aka Brett, who not only plays very wooden, but also does not fit into the role of overmatched family man and unsuccessful lawyer who finally wants to prove to his family that a winner is also in it. Likewise, Colbie Smulders supplies as from a solid, but hardly impressive performance that will surely remain in anyone's memory.
The original is a warm and charming comedy, a remake, however trivial rubbish under which they are buried and covered with flat jokes.