Starbuck

2013

Starbuck

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64%

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Total Count: 70

80%

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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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  • Sep 02, 2013
    While this film follows a more sitcom-y story, a man donates his sperm 693 times in a 23 month span. During a particularly rough period for the sperm bank, all of his donations are used, he then finds out he has fathered 533 kids, 142 of which are suing him, as he made his donations anonymously under the pseudonym of Starbuck, to reveal his identity. That is a sitcom story if I ever saw one. I don't think the movie does go as deep as it could on a very real issue. An issue that I don't think has been covered that much in films. Sperm donations and the effects, positive AND negative, that has on the families. The positive side is that, even if the men are not aware of it at the time of donation, is that these men are doing something that will give another family the chance to have kids, when they may not have been able to otherwise. The negative would be in the issues that these kids face in not knowing where they come from and issues coming to terms with the fact that they may not know who their biological father is. The movie does touch on these themes, but in a light manner. I think the movie certainly overcomes its cliches thanks to a heartfelt and sweet story, even if it gets a little sentimental, and an incredibly likable performance from Patrick Huard as the eponymous Starbuck. I do think the movie did sort of focus more a little on the "serious" side with Starbuck maturing as he goes around being his kids' guardian angel, but it's a good arc. It's an easy arc to relate to, man tries to better himself in order to lead a more fulfilling life with his pregnant girlfriend. This is his chance to prove that he's a capable father to his first "real" child. And I say "real" because he wasn't even aware he had fathered any kids until 23 years after he made his original donations. The movie is very entertaining and it is a fun movie to watch, even if it doesn't require a lot of brainpower to get through. Not that it needed it, I think the movie's fine enough as it is. Do I think the movie could've handled its subject a little more seriously? Yes, but this movie was never intended to be that. This was meant to be a movie about family relationships and how that affects us, so it served its purpose well. Wouldn't say that you should go out of your way to watch this movie, but it is a pretty damn entertaining one at that.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2013
    Amazing French Canadian film. Very original, funny and touching. The same director just remade the US version called 'Delivery Man, with Vince Vaughn.
    Wu C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2013
    I want you to imagine this film in a US/Hollywood version. Image the crude humour a film about this subject matter would encompass. Then watch this lovely Canadian film, with all its endearing characters, well-scripted humour and lighthearted entertainment. Wonderful, sweet, funny. Please never ever allow for a Hollywood remake.
    Ina S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2012
    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!
    Raymond W Super Reviewer

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