Film Review: Starbuck

GRAEME TUCKETT
Last updated 12:52 08/05/2012
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GOOD WATCH: Patrick Huard plays a man who has fathered more than 500 children through sperm bank donations.

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STARBUCK (M) (103 min)

Directed by Ken Scott. Starring Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand.

Starbuck is the one about the feckless twentysomething who spent a lot of time donating sperm in the 1980s.

And at $35 a pop, I gotta say it, err, beats any of the part time jobs I had back as a student - only to find out as a 42-year-old that sperm bank incompetence back in the day has led him to father more than 500 children, 142 of whom are now taking legal action to find out his identity.

It's a massive and complex comic premise, with many potential pitfalls and ways to be taken.

Starbuck (the name was our donor's nom de toss), by dint of a really lovely lead performance from Patrick Huard, and enough interweaving of other story lines to distract from the potential moral morass of its main thread, succeeds like a good'un.

This is a smart, truly funny, and occasionally very touching wee film. The fact that similar stories are unfolding around the globe right now only adds to the poignancy and interest. Go and have a look.

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