St. Vincent

7.21 h 42 min2014X-RayPG-13
Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy star in this hilarious comedy about a war vet whose idea of after-school activities for his 12-year-old neighbor includes race tracks and strip clubs.
Theodore Melfi
Bill MurrayMelissa McCarthyNaomi Watts
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Chris O'DowdTerrence HowardJaeden Lieberher
Theodore MelfiPeter CherninJenno ToppingFred Roos
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Violencealcohol usesmokingfoul languagesexual content
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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susan 58*Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Finally a movie that kept my interest. I saw this movie a few years back. I bought this to have this winter,
when we cant go out and stay in and enjoy a movie that warms your its not a Christmas movie.
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CHRISTY A. McCORMICKReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2022
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Bill Murray
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I LOVE Bill!!
MargotReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2022
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Bill Murray makes it real
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Bill Murray at his best. Never underestimate the old guy next door.
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MAMA ALVAREZReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2015
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Good movie, great acting by all of them specially ...
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Good movie, great acting by all of them specially the little kid ( Jaeden Lieberher) who's life evolves around the main grown ups like Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. He plays Melissa's son, whom struggling to make a living while after her divorce and is now fighting for full custody with x-husband for her child. Do not watch this movie expecting it to be a comedy, because it is not. Also, this is "completely" a Bill Murray movie.
He's role as "St. Vincent" is one of the best, if not his best since I have seen his movies and I have grown to like him more and more in my opinion, as he seems to have matured maybe within the last 5 years. (I was never a fan of movies like Ghostbusters, as popular as it was) the story takes Melissa and her kid (very smart and educated and was great in his timing with his lines) so while she is hard at work till all hours realizes has no one to take care of her kid, after hours, not even time to take him and pick him up from school.
Bill is a retired vet living alone and hooked in gambling, drinking, and of course playing the "ponies" with the hopes to hit the jackpot at one point.
He doesn't care about the conditions of how things are within his house simply because he's just not organized and life has hit him hard and takes things one day at time. However, under all that "carelessness" lies his true responsible self while trying to maintain his wife at an "assistance care" facility and paying for it best he can and has been doing it for ten years or so, to make sure she gets the best possible care while suffering from dementia.
Melissa needs assistance with someone to take care of her kid while she's at work and he needs extra money to survive and keep up with his gambling, drinking ways and agrees to take of the boy after hours by charging her horrendous rates without her having no choice but to pay them.
Both Bill and the kid (Oliver) end up "developing a great friendship" even though at first he wasn't too crazy about kids, any kids.
Script was well written and the acting was great from each of the characters playing their respective roles. It is a story about life with a different point of view of life from "each and everyone" of them struggling through it while trying to make sense of it all. You'll smile at times, you will feel as if you have been living right among them as a shadow as the movie allows you to get close to the characters and you will feel sad at times and you will laugh at times.
There are great scenes when Bill is laying in his lounging chair in his back yard drinking beer and listening to his I-pod music while teaching the kid how to earn and learn responsibility when gives the kid a chore to complete which is hilarious as to what the chore ended up being! (it is vintage Bill Murray) which Melissa gets home while this is going on and was surprised to see.
There are no sex scenes, there are lots of life lessons letting you know how "everyone" in this world struggles one way or another on a day by day basis while at the same time caring for a love one that means lots to you, no matter how hard you go about doing it.
You also should be very satisfied with a great ending of this movie having to do how Oliver, in learning each day more and more about his new found friend Bill (neighbor) and the man's struggles that all thru his life appeared to not matter to anyone, even him, although he was a great human being and finally gets recognized for it, by who better than Oliver that to his (BILL) surprise, put tears in his eyes and it might just do the same to you, when you watch it. Enjoy it.
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JeffReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2022
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A wonderfull feel-good movie with an excellent cast.
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This movie was a great surprise, the cast is the best and the boy actor is amazing, and as a feel-good movie
it's right up there with other favorites that do my heart good whenever I watch them.
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dennis simeoneReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2022
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great movie
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nice to take along on a trip when u wont have internet
Micki AllenReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Discovering the Saints behind the Sinners
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Cherubic kid saves grizzled curmudgeon. This scenario has been a staple of the big screen since time immemorial. Yawn, right? Oh, did I mention the lovable hooker with a heart? Gah! The frazzled single mom down on her luck? Gag. When I saw the previews for this film I actually groaned out loud wondering just how many stereotypes could be jam-packed into a single film. Still, I couldn't escape from the generous ratings and praise it kept receiving, and had to see for myself what this little tale had to offer. Thank Heaven, I did.

Granted, the linchpin is none other than Bill Murray himself cast in the title role. It's no secret that Murray is a comedic genius, and any other actor portraying the old drunken bastard whose holiness is hidden and the film would have been a Hot Holly Hobby Mess. That said, the film's true integrity comes in the form of Melissa McCarthy whose real talent is often hidden behind fat jokes and potty humor. When she vomited her vitriol at her philandering ex-husband at the parent-teacher conference, her performance was so organic and perfectly delivered, I was gut-punched and had to pause the film to catch my breath. The fact that she isn't overshadowed by Murray's on-screen brilliance is a feat in and of itself. Kudos to McCarthy. I pray she gets more roles worthy of her enormous talent.

This film has its critics, especially those who find it formulaic and even the naysayers who warn of the "bad parenting" it encourages. These viewers are sadly missing the entire point of the film.Yes, the plot may be predictable, but it's never saccharine. The raw, gritty underbelly makes sure to keep any overly sentimental tripe in check. Anyone who's dealt with PTSD or alcoholism (or both) will feel the authenticity of Murray's claustrophobic performance. And frankly, I find it refreshing to see a current film that isn't afraid to even mention religion without demeaning it and still manage to remind us that even the worst of us have worth and something of value to offer society without sermonizing. Experienced moviegoers may be offended by the slightly sappy soundtrack -- but it's not just a rookie mistake. It'll be nice when directors finally realize that they needn't outline what's happening on screen with their perfectly timed auditory cheat-sheets.

I expect we'll be seeing more from director Melfi who was smart to "play it safe" with a time-proven plot and managing to pull such far-reaching talent into his project because it worked, and worked very, very well. Be aware that this isn’t just a “feel-good” flick. It has shrewd grit and gusto between the hardy (and hearty) laughs.
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prisrobReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
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St. Vincent is a film of surprises. In the right hands and the right actors, it comes alive. It is not one of those films that we have seen over and over. It could have been very easily, but what we have here is top notch acting that rises above the mundane.

Vincent, is played by Bill Murray, in one of his rare starring films. He plays a down and out man on his way to alcoholism. His house is a mess, but in a relatively nice area of New York. He lives alone, gambles, visits the local bar and sleeps with a pregnant 'woman of the night', played by Naomi Watts. He is broke, his reverse mortgage has reversed as much as it can. One of those cantankerous old men we see in most every neighborhood.

One day after Vincent has run over his gate, new neighbors move in. The movers hit his tree and a limb crashes into Vincent's car. Out he comes to meet them, Melissa McCarthy plays Maggie, mother to Oliver, played by Jaeden Lieberher. What a sweet child, wise beyond his years, off with his mom, while the divorce from his dad comes through. It turns out Oliver’s mom has to work long hours, And Oliver signs up as babysitter for $11 an hour. Oliver and Vincent hit it off, and this leads to the horse races, afternoons at the bar, and visiting Vincent's wife at a facility for Alzheimers.

The usual occurs, dad wants custody, Oliver meets the bullies of the school, Vincent teaches him how to fight, they dine on sushi of Vincent's making. All the while Vincent and Oliver have bonded, and Oliver shows Vincent exactly what he means to him. Superb acting, Melissa McCarthy shows she has great acting chops outside of her comedy. Surprise actors show up in small parts that proves good actors can make or break a film.

Recommended. prisrob 02-21-15
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