The delivery hero - the unexpected often comes

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German title The delivery hero - the unexpected often comes
Original title Delivery Man
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2013
length 105 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
Director Ken Scott
script Ken Scott
production André Rouleau
music Jon Brion
camera Eric Alan Edwards
cut Priscilla Nedd-Friendly

The Lieferheld - Expect the unexpected is an American comedy film from the year 2013 with Vince Vaughn in the lead role. It is a remake of the 2011 Canadian feature film Starbuck , in which Patrick Huard had the lead role. Ken Scott directed both films .


The main character of the film is David Wozniak, who has not achieved much in his life and now works as a supplier in his father's butcher shop. Over the years he has amassed considerable debts, which is why he keeps getting into trouble. When suddenly a lawyer stands at his door and reveals to him that he is the father of 533 children because he had donated more than 600 times to a sperm bank at the age of 20 , his world is suddenly completely turned upside down. 142 of the 533 children want to find out David's identity in a class action lawsuit and are therefore challenging the contract between David and the sperm bank, which also contained an anonymity clause.

His best friend Brett is a lawyer and agrees to take on the case for David. He is supposed to prevent David from revealing his identity and later even suggests suing the sperm bank for damages. So the situation gets out of control, because David's current girlfriend Emma, ​​who doesn't suspect anything of his 533 children, expects a child from him and calls on him to show more maturity in order to be able to raise their future child together .

David receives an envelope with the profiles of all plaintiffs and recognizes several of his children in people he already knows, for example in a well-known basketball player . In the following years he met several of his biological children. He helps a son to go to an audition and thereby get a job as an actor. One of his daughters is heavily addicted to drugs and he tries to help her with her withdrawal. He also meets Ryan, who lives in a home for the mentally handicapped. David spends some time with him and later introduces him to the rest of them. So he slowly begins to develop father feelings, although none of his children know about his biological paternity and only got to know him as a friend.

Only Viggo recognized his father at a meeting of all the plaintiffs, at which David happened to end up, and asked him to be allowed to live with him in order to get to know him better. David agrees, fearing that Viggo might blow his cover.

The lawsuit to reveal David's identity is ultimately dismissed, which is why his biological children are very disappointed and ask him in a television interview to report to them himself. David, now realizing for the first time in his life that he can do something good, reports to the members of the class action via Facebook and reveals his identity.

At the end of the film, all of his children show up at his clinic since his friend Emma gave birth to the child, and he begins to further intensify his already germinated fatherhood.


The delivery hero - Unexpectedly often comes is the remake of the 2011 Canadian film Starbuck . Again Ken Scott appeared as a director.

In addition, a Bollywood film and a French remake called Fonzy came on the market.

Grossing results

The film was released in late 2013, just before the Christmas holidays. In total, he grossed around 31 million US dollars in the USA and around 50 million US dollars worldwide.

The budget for the film was around $ 26 million.


",Be embraced, millions! This kiss of the whole world! 'Is the title of Friedrich Schiller's ode' To Joy ', which Ludwig van Beethoven transformed in the famous final chorus of his 9th symphony into the resounding utopia of peaceful shared gods. The French-Canadian director Ken Scott took the poetic-pathetic exaggeration of Schiller's words in his 2011 film 'Starbuck' (almost) literally and in the end united the sperm donor title hero in a curious mass embrace with his crowd of more than a hundred children. The image of the ball of people lying in each other's arms, which can only be seen from a godlike bird's-eye view, was the fitting final chord for a warm-hearted and mildly ironic comedy - and the filmmaker now also beats this in 'The Delivery Hero - Unexpectedly Often Comes', his own US remake of 'Starbuck'. In contrast to Beethoven's symphony, which is virtually indestructible even in thousands of replicas, Scott's self-processing proves to be an uninspired infusion. Almost all figures and scenes are created exactly the same, many dialogues translated literally - anyone who knows 'Starbuck' will perceive 'The Delivery Hero' as a cinematic painting-by-numbers. The charming rough edges of the original were also largely ironed smooth. The remake offers pleasant, but not necessarily remarkable entertainment in which only Chris Pratt provides a breath of fresh air. "

- Andreas Staben

"An extremely detailed retelling of the popular French-Canadian comedy 'Starbuck', which politely refrains from tapping the mature, satirical potential of the storyline and takes a gentler approach."

- The Hollywood Reporter

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for The Delivery Hero - The unexpected often comes . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , January 2014 (PDF; test number: 141 979 V).
  2. Delivery Man (2013) - Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 4, 2019 .
  3. Delivery Man (2013) - Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 4, 2019 .
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