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Starbuck

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Is it possible to have 142 children?

A sperm donor finds he has sired hundreds of children in a French-language farce that, fittingly, has spawned progeny of its own (a Bollywood version is in the works, as is a Hollywood remake starring Vince Vaughn).

An entertaining set-up gets an extra spurt of energy from Patrick Huard, shabbily endearing as a reluctant hero who acquaints himself surreptitiously with all the offspring keen to discover their dad’s identity.

Sweet and only mildly sentimental, Ken Scott’s Québécois comedy squeezes a surprising amount of juice from its seedy premise.

The actual Starbuck, incidentally, was a bull renowned for his fertility.

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