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'Delivery Man' delivers when it counts

"Delivery Man” is a Vince Vaughn comedy about an irresponsible oaf who discovers that his sperm-donations-for-money years resulted in 533 kids he never knew he had.

As he learns this news — that “his” kids are reaching out to break the anonymity of his donations, just as his “You're too immature for me” girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) tells him she's pregnant — we have the makings of a charming “Time to grow up and be responsible” comedy.

Which is exactly what “Delivery Man” manages to be.

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To play David, the impulsive meat truck driver-son of a New York butcher, Vaughn tones down the manic patter that made him famous and reaches for the heartstrings. David is the guy his dad (Andrzej Blumenfeld) and butcher siblings can never count on.

He's always late, always letting people down, always trying to get rich quick through some harebrained scheme. How many books on hydroponic gardening does he need to run a pot farm in his Brooklyn apartment? That sort of thing. He's in debt up to his eyeballs when the scary lawyer from the fertility clinic shows up.

“Yo no soy David Wozniak,” David insists. To no avail. Mistakes were made, his seed spread further than he ever imagined, and now the offspring are suing to find their “father.” He needs a lawyer. Slovenly, overwhelmed father-of-four Brett (Chris Pratt of “The Five Year Engagement”) is his pal, and his last hope.

And then David makes the fateful decision to look at the profiles of the kids suing him, to look them up and stumble, anonymously, into their lives.

“Delivery Man,” based on the more charming French-Canadian comedy “Starbuck,” takes us on a roller-coaster ride through the lives of kids thriving (a pro basketball player) and struggling (a street musician, a bartender / actor). Writer-director Ken Scott, who also made the original film, deftly recycles the exultant highs and touching lows as David cheers on his Knicks-star son like a proud papa, and saves his distraught, overdosing daughter.

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