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MOVIE REVIEW

Kinder, gentler Vaughn carries ‘Delivery Man’

These days, one gets ready for a Vince Vaughn movie by putting on a mental rubber apron if not an actual hazmat suit: The flying spittle and motor-mouthed line delivery can have a moviegoer ducking for cover. But “Delivery Man” offers a kinder, gentler Vaughn in a pleasantly ramshackle comedy several rungs below his usual fare in both budget and high-concept assault.

Consumer warning: If you saw the 2011 French-Canadian film “Starbuck,” you don’t need to see “Delivery Man,” since it’s the exact same movie, translated into English and brought to the screen by the original’s co-writer/director Ken Scott. The scenes are identical, the dialogue is identical, and the setup is definitely identical: A kind-hearted loser (Patrick Huard in the original, Vaughn in the remake) learns he has 533 grown children, sired from sperm he donated two decades earlier.

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