This comedy-drama is about likeable, self-effacing David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn), who regards himself as 'pushing back the frontiers of incompetence' and who drives a delivery truck for his family's meat business in New York.
He partners Emma (Cobie Smulders), who tells him that she is pregnant.
Shortly after David learns he is about to become a father with Emma, he discovers that, due to mismanagement by a fertility clinic twenty years before, he is now father to 533 children. There is legal action by 142 of his biological children, wanting to know the identity of their real father.
Short of cash at the time, David went to a sperm bank and after 'donating' 693 times, he finds himself surrounded by sea of children as a result. Without saying anything to Emma, David decides to make contact with a selection of them and is determined to help them in what way he can.
Vince Vaughn fills the title role of David with freshness and warmth. The film explores the concept of parenthood across a range of unusual circumstances, and tries to do that comically. Parenthood for the children of a prolific sperm donor is very different to natural parenthood, though, and the film's analysis of the issues at times is strained to make the link.
One of his children is a frustrated, aspiring actor; another is a young female drug addict; one is gay; and another is seriously disabled. David tries to help all of them without letting on he is their father. For each of the children he makes contact with, he goes out of his way to make some difference in their life, and he manages to do so.
The movie is sentimental and aims ultimately at the heart, and its humour is variable. Some situations are less comical than others, but it is hard for a movie to establish an integrated tone throughout, when 533 people are in the same predicament. This is a movie that has a lot of uplifting things to say about people, and it rather sneaks up on you with the seriousness of its real intent
- Peter Sheehan, ACOFB
Starring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Andrzej Blumenfeld. Directed by Ken Scott. Rated M (Mature themes and infrequent coarse language). 104 min