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Starbuck

Rated R 109 minutes 2011

A hit in Quebec, this Canadian feel-good comedy (2011) tells the story of a middle-aged slacker (Patrick Huard) feeling the pull of adulthood after he learns his girlfriend (Julie Le Breton) is pregnant. Matters are complicated ad infinitum when he discovers that his donations to a sperm back have yielded 533 children, 142 of whom have filed a class-action suit to learn his identity. Trite and schmaltzy, the film skirts by on Huard's lovable loafer persona, which would be right at home in a Judd Apatow farce. Director Ken Scott stresses the movie's dude-centric outlook, playing up the anxieties of impending fatherhood, and neglects any sort of maternal perspective, which dumbs down an already moronic premise. In French with subtitles.

Film Credits

Director: Ken Scott

Producer: Andre Rouleau, Valérie D'Auteuil, Jasmyrh Lemoine and Danny Rosner

Cast: Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand, David Michael, Patrick Martin and Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse

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