STARBUCK stars Patrick Huard as David Wosniak, a 42-year old lovable but perpetual screw up who finally decides to take control of his life. A habitual sperm donor in his youth, he discovers that he's the biological father of 533 children, 142 of whom are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal the true identity of the prolific donor code-named Starbuck. (c) EOne
- R (for sexual content, language and some drug material)
- Art House & International , Comedy
- Directed By:
- Ken Scott (V)
- Written By:
- Ken Scott (V) , Martin Petit , Ken Scott
- In Theaters:
- Mar 22, 2013 Limited
- On DVD:
- Jul 23, 2013
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for Starbuck
A high-concept comedy that peddles some slapstick laughs and life lessons but little insight.
Rather than a jolting shot of joe, this French-Canadian comedy is a soothing cup of warm cocoa.
"Starbuck" is one of those high-concept yet formulaic, sitcom-like comedies that gets by on charm and speed.
Like they say in the sperm-donation business, it's all in the genes, and Huard possesses the ideal DNA to breed 'Starbuck' into quite a stud.
The other reason "Starbuck" succeeds as a movie is that it goes more for the heart than for the big laughs.
Despite (or because of) Huard's mugging, 'Starbuck' is more likely to cause queasiness than smiles of contentment.
It's a far-fetched premise, though one that's brought down to Earth by Scott's emotionally upbeat writing, his brisk direction, and Huard's nimble, large-hearted performance.
What begins as a cute idea grows annoyingly sentimental before it is through.
Trite-sounding comic premise is lifted by a winning performance by Patrick Huard.
For a story about a man on the cusp of belated adulthood, "Starbuck" has some growing up of its own to do.
The screenplay, by director Ken Scott and Michael Petit is a true original.
The pace is leisurely, the coincidences just a little too pat, but the momentum Huard brings to this befuddled human being has too much heart to let that matter
While overly contrived and often slight, Starbuck is a feel-good comedy to be rivalled and benefits immensely from a snappy, wry screenplay and charming performance from Huard.
Scott's take on the importance of family is an admirable one, to a point, until it moves past that to espouse an uncomfortably regressive morality.
Audience Reviews for Starbuck
I'm not used to using the word delightful, it doesn't really sound right when I say it but I can think of no better word to describe Starbuck. It's got nothing to do with expensive or sickeningly sweet coffee but probably has something to do with Moby Dick, the sperm Whale rather than the character. Starbuck is 42, unsuccessful but a good sort. His life is turned upside-down when he discovers that thanks to an administrative mistake at his local sperm bank, he is father to 142 people, most of who now want to meet him. The interesting premise could lead to all sorts of possibilities, Ken Scott's version is tender, subtle and very funny indeed. Like all good non-English language films, the Hollywood remake came just 2 years later. The sure sign of success. Just make sure you see this one first!
Another delightful, heart-warming story out of Quebec - the province where Canadian cinema is worth watching. There's little to say about this film other than what's in the description, and that you'll be rooting for everyone to be happy in the end - it's a case of a lovable loser who comes face-to-face with a situation much bigger than him. I'm a bit hesitant to see the American remake, given the poor track record with remade French movies - Dinner for Schmucks, anyone? - but with the same director at the helm, I think many an eye will be opened to a talented filmmaker. It's a bit mushy, but it's a unique story, and Patrick Huard plays such a perfect "Serge" - that's Quebec French for what you'd call a "lad" in Britain, (basically) - that it's well worth checking this one out before seeing the "bigger, better" version.More
"Starbuck" turns a terrific idea into a terrific movie that's equal parts funny and touching. Bolstered by a great performance by the Québécois actor Patrick Huard, Director Ken Scott's film is so balanced in it's execution and so damn lovable that even it's unabashed leaps into sentiment never ring false. This is a feel-good movie of the utmost quality. See it before the unnecessary Hollywood remakes (starring Vince Vaughn) hits theatres.More
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