St. Vincent (2014)

St. Vincent (2014)
  • Time: 102 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Theodore Melfi
  • Cast: Bill Murray, Jaeden Lieberher, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard


HVincent is an old Vietnam vet whose stubbornly hedonistic ways have left him without money or a future. Things change when his new next-door neighbor’s son, Oliver, needs a babysitter and Vince is willing enough for a fee. From that self-serving act, an unexpected friendship forms as Vincent and Oliver find so much of each other’s needs through each other. As Vincent mentors Oliver in street survival and other worldly ways, Oliver begins to see more in the old man than just his foibles. When life takes a turn for the worse for Vincent, both them find the best in each other than no one around them suspects.


  • A misanthropic malcontent with a penchant for the booze and racist insults, Vincent may not be a person you’d wish to tolerate in real life. As he’s played by Bill Murray, Vincent becomes the most lovable of grouches in writer-director Theodore Melfi’s debut St. Vincent.

    Vincent spends his time in his decidedly uncared for home, dining on sardines so his grumpy-faced cat Felix can feast on gourmet food, and having occasional bouts of sex with the pregnant Russian stripper Daka (Naomi Watts). For a little variety, he loses what little money he has betting on horses and harangues his fellow barflies at his local bar.

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  • In recent years, Bill Murray has become an unlikely folk hero, travelling around the United States imparting wisdom at bachelor parties, being a guest bartender at random bars and just doing things Bill Murray would do. His recent Renaissance has given his career a new life other than just being remembered for 80s comedies. This latest film (and debut from Theodore Melfi) may not exactly be a career defining film, but it certainly cements his position as both a comedic and dramatic actor.

    Vin (Murray) is ageing war veteran retiree who lives in Brooklyn and spends most of his days drinking or cavorting with Russian prostitute Daka (Naomi Watts). One day, single mother Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) moves in next door with her young son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Vin becomes Oliver’s babysitter when Maggie fails to return home after work one day and the two begin an unlikely friendship.

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  • Bill Murray is a comedy legend. Time after time he has proven himself as not only one of the funniest actors but also one of the funniest people alive. He started his career as a stand-up comic and soon joined Saturday Night Live, a show that has been responsible for launching the careers of people like Dan Aykyord, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey. Murray soon graduated to movies and had many fruitful collaborations with director Ivan Reitman, perhaps the most memorable one being Ghostbusters. He soon made many memorable turns in movies like Groundhog Day, Stripes, Kingpin, as well a dramatic ones in ‘Lost in Translation’, one that even earned him an Oscar nomination. He’s also been a Wes Anderson favorite and starred in nearly all of Anderson’s films. Even when a movie is not particularly good, Bill Murray is. With St. Vincent he finds himself given a similar responsibility.

    Directed by first time director Theodore Melfi, St. Vincent tells the story of a young boy (Jaeden Lieberher) whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran (Bill Murray) who lives next door. The film stars: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Jaeden Lieberher. With the script also written by Melfi. As a movie, St. Vincent…

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