Rated: R for sexual content, language and some drug material. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: April 5, 2013 Released by: Entertainment One
Here's a congenial, conventional and episodic French-Canadian comedy/drama that suffers from a lack of trimming to make it as affable as its eponymous slacker character.
A high-concept Starbuck (in French with English subtitles) stars a very good Patrick Huard, as well as Julie LeBreton and Antoine Bertrand as Paul has already been done over by Hollywood as The Delivery Man which will star Vince Vaughn later this year.
Helmer Ken Scott knows how to get the most out of Huard's entertaining David Wozniak, a guy with the love of his life (an underutilized LeBreton) pregnant and hardly possessing or projecting the kind of responsibility at this point in his (early middle-age) life.
The viewer is easily involved at the outset from the quirky premise surrounding David - in the early 1990s his sperm donation was used to father some 533 children. This fatherly interloper has appeal especially when dealing with an inebriated son and heroin-junkie daughter, and even later Scott knows how to create affecting scenes primarily with a disadvantaged "loved one."
By this time it's too bad the narrative drive had petered out yet Starbuck (David's donor name) still relates itself as an irresistible crowd pleaser with Bertrand good as the legalese chum with children issues of his own. Huard navigates through the languor and sentiment with surprising charisma that hopefully a talented comedic thespian like Vaughn can match.