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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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An Americanized version of the French sperm donor comedy.
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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.
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