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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 essentially a situation comedy, but what a situation.
Audience Reviews for Starbuck
I find it surprising that no one has ever come up with this incredibly original and terrific idea before, and even better is how it is developed with so much humor and tenderness into a delightful feel-good movie that will probably leave you thinking how lucky Starbuck is.
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.
"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.
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