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A high-concept comedy that peddles some slapstick laughs and life lessons but little insight.
This is froth, but it's good froth.
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.
Never mind high concept, this is high conception.
"Starbuck" is one of those high-concept yet formulaic, sitcom-like comedies that gets by on charm and speed.
It gives birth to an old-fashioned good time.
[Starbuck] is a quirky little charmer.
[Starbuck] is a heartwarming yet highly problematic film if taken from an ethical point of view.
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.
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.
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!
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