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Starbuck

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Canada

2011

Rated R • 1h 49m

Director Ken Scott

Starring Patrick Huard, Julie Le Breton, Antoine Bertrand, Dominic Philie

Genre Comedy

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In this rousing comedy, David Wosniak is a perpetual adolescent who discovers that, as a sperm donor, he has fathered 533 children. He is also being pursued by thugs he owes money to, and his girlfriend is pregnant, but doesn’t feel he is mature enough to be a father.

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38

Slant Magazine by

Yet another example of modern-family predicaments getting stuffed into the traditional-family-values message of conventional comedies.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

A lovable underachiever unwittingly spawns his own village in Starbuck, Ken Scott's crowd-pleasing comedy exploring various meanings of fatherhood in the modern age.
30

Village Voice by Jon Frosch

The humor here is sitcom broad, and Scott displays little sense of rhythm; the film runs under two hours, but feels considerably longer.
75

McClatchy-Tribune News Service by Roger Moore

It’s a smidge too cute and a bit too long, but Huard and Scott make this comical journey (in French and “Franglish” with English subtitles), a trip from indifference to kindness, incompetence to responsibility, a most rewarding reinvention of what “family” can mean.
60

Total Film by Simon Kinnear

Huard’s charm offsets the plots contrivances, while Ken Scott’s finely balanced direction humanises the high concept.
75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Stephen Cole

Starbuck is unapologetic genre filmmaking with a winning performance from its lead, Huard ( Bon Cop, Bad Cop), a shambling, likeable comedian who can flip, flop and fly off a diving board while maintaining his sex appeal.

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