Starring Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt
On occasion, I’ve brought the topic of motivation. With certain actors, actresses or directors, you start to wonder, as you watch their once promising career sort of flat line, what their drive is anymore. Robert De Niro or Al Pacino are two prime examples of this topic. Vince Vaughn, a guy who for a good stretch was the lighting rod for a lot of comedies; the guy who added that extra spark, turning an otherwise run of the mill comedy into something better than it had any right to be. But lately, it seems that lighting rod Vaughn is no more and we're left with going through the motions Vaughn, still taking on only ridiculous big concept comedies but the end result being one where neither party is benefiting. In fact, back when Vaughn career was really starting to take off, he at least took some chances. Sure those movies weren’t that good (Clay Pigeons, Psycho), but it was miles ahead of what he’s doing now....because at least he was trying to do something different. Delivery Man, Vaughn's newest endeavor, tries to be something different, but yet it doesn't.
Delivery Man is the American version of a Canadian film called Starbuck. In fact, the director of Delivery Man, Ken Scott, also co-wrote and directed Starbuck. That begs the question, why do another version of your film? Sure you have the beneift of a bigger budget, a known actor and the chance to maybe fix what you felt could've been better the first time around, but doesn't it seem a little...self serving? Well it is what it is, and Scott has remade his movie, but he didn't make it for the better that's for sure. Nope, Delivery Man can't seem to get much right (and that's not even including its only in the movies contrived plot). The idea of Delivery Man really works best as an SNL skit or some sort of subplot on an episode of Seinfeld. As a 2 hour film, there are just too many gaps to fill to make the idea more interesting beyond the initial idea. This is where the Vaughn of old might have help, the ol' lighting rod, the one to make you forget how flimsy the idea is. Unfortunately, that dude never shows to the party.