What if a sperm bank unintentionally used one prolific donor’s sperm exclusively for an entire year? There would be a man out there who is the biological father of hundreds of children, all roughly the same age. Meet David Wozniak, the ne’er-do-well in a family of hard-working butchers. Twenty years after the fact, a number of these offspring sue to find out his identity, known only to them as “Starbuck”. They also forward profiles of themselves via the sperm bank’s legal representative if he is interested in making contact with them. David can’t resist starting to look them up one by one, interacting with them anonymously. Then he finds out his on-again/off-again girlfriend is pregnant. So, in a matter of days, he embraces both his newly discovered and impending fatherhood with gusto. But what to do about revealing his identity to his numerous adult offspring? This film is a sweet surprise of humor, sentimentality, and heart. Vince Vaughn puts in his usual great ! performance as David, a man discovering a new set of possibilities for his dicey, seemingly dead-end life. Chris Pratt, subsequently the star of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” is spot-on as David’s best friend and attorney (sort of!) who happens to also be a stay-at-home father of four. The supporting cast is all very good as well. And it was nice that there was barely a swear word uttered in the entire movie. A charming, emotional story.
[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Life As We Know It, The Pacifier, No Reservations, The Internship, Donor Unknown (documentary).]
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