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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Patrick Huard
Antoine Bertrand
Julie LeBreton
Martin Petit.
Directors
Ken Scott.
Screenwriters
Ken Scott.
Running Time
103 minutes

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Starbuck
All my children


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Plot
Part-time delivery driver and full-time slacker David (Patrick Huard) is, at 42, finally about to make something of his life when he makes a discovery that changes everything - the sperm donations he made in the '80s have resulted in 533 pregnancies. Worse, 142 of his children are suing...


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Starbuck
Already slated for a DreamWorks remake, Ken Scott’s comedy follows the travails of David (Patrick Huard), whose late-’80s stint as a sperm donor has resulted in a mind-boggling 533 pregnancies. After 142 of his progeny sue the fertility clinic, David gets involved in his offsprings’ life, My Name Is Earl-style. It could be cloying, but the wry script and Antoine Bertrand’s turn as the cynical patriarch of his own brood ensures a more grounded view of fatherhood. The third act might lack pace, but Starbuck still manages to combine enduring sentimentality and quickfire gags.


Verdict
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.


Reviewed by Philip Wilding

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