Main Plot Points:
- In ST. VINCENT, Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Bill Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair.
- Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka (Naomi Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.
What We Thought:
- St. Vincent proves yet again that that Bill Murray is a national treasure.
- I thoroughly enjoyed the film. It’s funny. It has heart. It has great performances across the board. It’s just a great little film.
- Murray is brilliant of course. Playing a down on his luck gambler, he becomes a father figure to his young new neighbor. The scenes between Murray and the boy (Jaeden Lieberher) are priceless. He teaches the lad how to defend himself, how to bet at the track and introduces him to his friend who is really a stripper/prostitute (played by Naomi Watts). The young boy himself is equally brilliant. Yet another great performance from a young actor this year.
- Melissa McCarthy shows she’s much more than the over the top characters she’s known for. As the newly single working mom, she really captures that role. She has to work late and fight her husband during a bad divorce and still try to feed and be part of her son’s life. It’s a really good role for McCarthy and I hope she does more of them.
- I also really like the vibe of the movie. It has a Wes Anderson feel, a good indie feel and even a little bit of a crime drama. Murray owes money to some people he shouldn’t owe money to, but it doesn’t feel forced or out of place in the movie.
- It also has a really strong supporting cast. Chris O’Dowd is having a great year for supporting roles in this, Cuban Fury and Calvary. Terrence Howard is always good. Nate Corddry has a few funny scenes opposite Murray. And there are some really good young actors playing the son’s classmates.
- St. Vincent will probably be in my top 10 of 2014. I expected to like it, but Murray took it to another level. It’s sad, but has plenty of heart. It’s funny in many ways and there are things you probably shouldn’t be laughing at, but you do. If you’ve liked any of these smaller “Hollywood” indies that Murray has done, you’ll definitively like this.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Bill Murray
- Melissa McCarthy
- Naomi Watts
Recommended if You Like:
- While We’re Young
- The Royal Tenenbaums
- Bill F’ing Murray
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