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Starbuck

Released: 23/11/2012 Released in Key Cities
A Vince Vaughn-led remake is already slated for this French-Canadian comedy, to give you some indication of what you’re in for here – though the critical feedback for Ken Scott’s original has been not wholly terrible. David Wozniak (Patrick Huard) discovers that his sperm bank donations have resulted in 533 offspring, 142 of whom are searching for him. For more information visit: http://www.whoisstarbuck.com/ Watch:
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The Observer“Drags on...” The film's French-Canadian director has much queasy fun confronting David's predicament and its effects on his tight-knit Catholic family and his pregnant fiancee....
 
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The New Yorker“Gets increasingly sentimental as it drags on...” The film's French-Canadian director has much queasy fun confronting David's predicament and its effects on his tight-knit Catholic family and his pregnant fiancee. One way and another, it makes a man of him...
 
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Little White Lies“Competently made, [but] sorely lacking in visual inspiration...” The likeable Huard is not without a rumpled, deadbeat charm, but ultimately has little to do but react with bemusement to an artificial plot that’s constantly being manipulated around him...
 
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Total Film “A sweet if schmaltzy crowd-pleaser...” It’s too risk-averse to ask awkward questions but works as a wry satire of fatherhood. Huard’s charm offsets the plots contrivances, while Ken Scott’s finely balanced direction humanises the high concept...
 
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Radio Times“An amiable enough rite-of-passage tale...” While Huard makes an engaging antihero and finds an acerbic sidekick in lawyer pal Antoine Bertrand, writer/director Ken Scott and co-writer Martin Petit are overly prone to a fair amount of manipulative mawkishness....
 
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The Independent“A large parenthood problem that's been lying in wait...” Ken Scott and co-writer Martin Petit keep the comic suspense ticking along, and in Huard they have a likeable and disarming lead...
 
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Guardian“A lame comedy-drama...” Almost all the charm of the real story is lost through the contrivances and overacting...
 
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Empire“Enduring sentimentality and quickfire gags...” A French comedy that pitches for wit over broad comedy, it's successful in salting what could be a over-sugary confection with healthy dose of wryness. The result is always entertaining and rarely mawkish...
 
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