Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand
Duration: 103 min.
Just when 42-year-old David Wosniak, an eternal teenager, decides to finally make something of his life, his existence is turned upside down by the appearance of numerous children. The fruit of his activities as a sperm donor.
Starbuck is a film directed by Ken Scott, co-written by Martin Petit. It is the most successful home grown film of 2011 in the province of Quebec, and has been nominated for six Genie Awards including Best Motion Picture.
From outward appearances, it's just another comedy with a silly premise and a character we've seen a million times. You know, the Adam Sandler type who never grew up and is suddenly given the chance to make something of himself. It doesn't stray far from that formula, however this also turned out to have some surprising moments of charm and intelligence to go with the outrageous laughs.
Patrick Huard stars as David Wozniak, a middle aged slacker who works as a delivery driver for the family meat business. A life long loser, his latest scheme is a failed grow-op of which he owes the local gangsters a large sum of cash. One day a stranger turns up in his house with the announcement that David is the biological father of 533 children, the result of numerous sperm donations he made in his twenties under the alias of Starbuck (a legendary Canadian Holstein bull). A large number of which have filed a class action lawsuit to determine the identity of their father.
Where the film really shines is after David receives a file with all the bios of the children in the lawsuit. Curiosity gets the better of him and he looks them up one by one, first just to observe, but soon he is showing up anonymously in their lives to lend a hand, like a self styled guardian angel. Not exactly plausible, but fortunately the scenarios are rather well written, carefully straddling the line between sappy and genuinely touching; and the talented Huard has a natural charisma which makes his character a joy to watch.
All in all, Starbuck may not be all that original in its presentation or outcome, but it is a hilariously fun comedy with some warm moments and a strong central performance. I fear it won't be long until we see this one duplicated in English.
— Bonjour Tristesse