It’s been a rocky road for Vince Vaughn at the box office in the past few years. The comedic actor hasn’t had a hit since 2009’s Couples Retreat. 2011’s The Dilemma took in a modest $48 million domestic. 2012’s The Watch tanked with $35 million. Even re-teaming with Owen Wilson, his co-star from his biggest hit, Wedding Crashers, didn’t worked out. Last month’s Wilson/Vaughn collaboration, The Internship, is currently sitting at $42 million and it doesn’t appear that it will go much higher than that.
Can Vaughn redeem himself with a remake of the 2011 hit Canadian farce Starbuck? In an unusual move, Starbuck writer/director Ken Scott also serves as the writer/director of this American version, entitled Delivery Man. Here’s the synopsis:
An affable underachiever’s mundane life is turned upside down when he finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. In debt to the mob, rejected by his pregnant girlfriend, things couldn’t look worse when he is hit with a lawsuit from 142 of the 533 twenty-somethings who want to know the identity of the donor. As he struggles to decide whether or not he should reveal his true identity, he embarks on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but the father he could become as well.
With such a wacky premise, this actually looks a lot less raunchy and lowbrow than you might expect. The tone of the trailer makes it seem like more of a humorous yet bittersweet comedy with a message. Vaughn desperately needs a hit, so it remains to be seen if a more subdued and less obnoxious Vaughn can make that happen. The film also stars Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt and is set for release on November 22nd.