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Starbuck (2013)

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65

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 9

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80

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 4,343

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Movie Info

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

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Art House & International, Comedy

Martin Petit, Ken Scott (V)

Jul 23, 2013

$3.8M

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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (23)

A high-concept comedy that peddles some slapstick laughs and life lessons but little insight.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This is froth, but it's good froth.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Rather than a jolting shot of joe, this French-Canadian comedy is a soothing cup of warm cocoa.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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"Starbuck" is essentially a situation comedy, but what a situation.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Never mind high concept, this is high conception.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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"Starbuck" is one of those high-concept yet formulaic, sitcom-like comedies that gets by on charm and speed.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

The other reason "Starbuck" succeeds as a movie is that it goes more for the heart than for the big laughs.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Despite (or because of) Huard's mugging, 'Starbuck' is more likely to cause queasiness than smiles of contentment.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

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.

April 22, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

What begins as a cute idea grows annoyingly sentimental before it is through.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Trite-sounding comic premise is lifted by a winning performance by Patrick Huard.

April 16, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

For a story about a man on the cusp of belated adulthood, "Starbuck" has some growing up of its own to do.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The screenplay, by director Ken Scott and Michael Petit is a true original.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

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

March 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

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.

March 31, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

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.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

'Starbuck' is no father figure

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Like its likeable loser hero ... the movie aims for a lower rung, grabs the bar, and, without much ambition to guide it, hangs there with no desire to climb any higher.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
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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!
March 13, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

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.
June 2, 2013
danperry17

Super Reviewer

"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.
April 24, 2013
YLOWBSTARDreturns

Super Reviewer

Starbuck is a hilarious, witty, and heartwarming with a star-making performance from Patrick Huard. Uneven though it may be, this dramedy goes in all kinds of directions and keeps you engrossed. See it by any means possible!
September 15, 2012
Raymond Wieser

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