Matthew Lickona 7 a.m., April 24
How do you say "Neil Simon" in French? A professional sperm donor, going by the name Starbuck (Patrick Huard), anonymously fathers hundreds of kiddies. Eventually, he falls victim to a class action lawsuit brought against him by 142 of his 533 “children.” To make matters worse (and to pad the running time), our hero is also in debt to the mob. But instead of taking it on the lam, he gets ahold of the list of complainants and begins stalking them one by one. His goal: to see whether or not his balls went to waste. Conveniently, he enters their lives at crucial moments. Huard, an affable Frank Stallone type, has charm to spare, but writer-director Ken Scott and co-scenarist Martin Petit can’t resist squeezing every ounce of sap out of their otherwise inventive premise. Starbuck is a crowd-pleaser that should hit it big with those who detest being challenged. 2011.
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