Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: Starbuck

Release Date:  March 22, 2013
Running Time: 109 minutes
Starring: Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand
Who to see it with: Anyone that doesn't mind subtitles. 


Starbuck follows a man who, due to numerous sperm donations, has unknowingly fathered 500
some odd children; 142 of whom are seeking to find out who their father is.  Not wanting to reveal his identity, he attempts to casually meet them without them realizing he is their dad.  As he undertakes this endeavor, he also has to balance his own life and family while meeting his new, 142 person family.  This preposterous premise creates an amazingly touching movie.  Starbuck is an absolute gem.  The acting is great, the writing is phenomenal, and the characters are a lot of fun.  Patrick Huard does an excellent job playing the perpetual screw up with a heart of gold.  His expressions seem genuine and he really carries the movie.  The interactions he has with his "children" are entertaining and moving.  Even the subtitling is well done; many of the jokes are laugh out loud funny.  Like another phenomenal film in French (the Intouchables), Starbuck is being remade for American audiences but don't bother to wait for that.  This movie is perfect the way it is and you should really experience it if you can.

See it.

Side note, the screening I went to had some of the best freebies I've received.  Little "deposit" cups filled with candy. 

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