St. Vincent

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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.
Directors
Theodore Melfi
Starring
Bill MurrayMelissa McCarthyNaomi Watts
Genres
ComedyDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Chris O'DowdTerrence HowardJaeden Lieberher
Producers
Theodore MelfiPeter CherninJenno ToppingFred Roos
Studio
The Weinstein Company
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Violencealcohol usesmokingfoul languagesexual content
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4.6 out of 5 stars

7699 global ratings

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KimberlyReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
St.Vincent and the boy he babysits for and they become real close t
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I honest to god believe that comedic actors are funny but I think that they really shine when they take on serious roles. Man this movie I've seen so many times I stopped counting. It makes me cry everytime too. Even though I know how it's gonna end. This is one movie that is close to my heart. And Bill Murray was so damn wonderful that words can't describe his performance. And the boy he babysits for and they become real close to. But at the end when he names St. Vincent of sheepshead bay. Lord it brings me to tears each time!!! Anybody who has not seen this movie then your missing out on a damn gem of a movie!!! I'll see it 100 more times before it's all over with!!! See this one if you love a great picture this is right at the top of the list of movies that you definitely need to go see!!!
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BrandiReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hes holy not wholly
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St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray as Vincent, asks us to define the qualities of a saint, while we enjoy the decidedly unsaintly Vincent.
He defines curmudgeon, a cranky old misanthrope unhappy with his life and ready to dress down practically anyone who talks to him. The film itself is an amusing character study with unanticipated turns.
But don't think you can write the script because Vincent and the motley crew of his life have surprises that do not fit the usual bitter old guy formula. The saving grace is the honesty Murray invests in the role, which requires him also to display caring characteristics not immediately apparent. That we are probably spying into the eccentric character of Bill Murray through Vincent is an added treat.
The catalyst for the clichéd curmudgeon turnaround is a new pre-teen next door neighbor, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), who is thrust on Vincent for after school babysitting by med-tech mom, Maggie (Melissa McCarthy). While the bonding is to be expected, Vincent and Oliver do a long dance before any saintly traits emerge. Yet Oliver learns what saints don't ordinarily do, like fight and gamble. As we learn, those aren't necessarily negatives.
Although Naomi Watts' Russian hooker is a bit over the top in beauty and heart of gold categories, she manages to project a simple love for Vincent, a symbol for everyone who loves Vincent even as rough as he is. Although Vincent could be loved for only his Vietnam experience, he does low-key, un-Mother -Teresa-like acts of kindness that could qualify him for sainthood.
That's the important theme of this tragicomedy: Being good, loved, and saintly are within the grasp of the most common among us, implying that imperfection is a constant of being human and maybe a bigger credential than piety when that sinfulness is transformed into good deeds.
St. Vincent is an entertaining film with a well-worn message, but Bill Murray, in his finest role since Lost in Translation, transforms it into holiness.
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prisrobReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Saints
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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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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Bill Murray teaches kid all the wrong things
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St Vincent is an odd ball comedy with Bill Murray as a hopeless loser who befriends Jaeden Martell a kid that moves in next door. Of course that leads to nothing good as Murray teachers the kid all the wrong things like fighting, gambling and hanging out in bars. This is the perfect role for Murray. He gets to act obnoxious, throw insults and do goofy things. Martell plays the straight guy to Murray. His mom Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts as a prostitute Murray sees also have their moments in this very funny and heartwarming story.
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Thomas G. KohlsReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Almost Better Than Average Family Fare
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This is a sweet little movie with a very predictable story. Alot of reviews i read were very positive,which is completly fine,however for the seasoned movie goer this story will seemed overly contrived and over done. But,that does'nt make it bad or a wasted 90min of movie watching.

Bill Murray plays an all too familiar old crumugeon who is drinking and gambling his senior years away. He is alone in a dump of a once well kept house that is obviously missing one of it's members. When he is not drinking,gambling or both he is having scheduled weekly visits fron a Russian "lady of the nite",played by Naomi Watts in a very odd overly contrived written character that exits nowhere except in these feel good movies reminicent of day gone by.

Enter Mc Carthy and her little boy..About 3rd grade. Very well preformed by some cute kid. They move in next store and engage Murray as an unlikely babysitter. McCarthy is a divorced mom and working doubles and Murray needs the $$$,so...they inspite of dislikely each other ,kinda,enter into again this very contrived arrangement.

From there we have,once again,one overly contrived scene after another,but not unwatchable,just the opposite,until we as expected see this 3rd grader see the good man (with a backround story so contrived..right,you get the idea)behind the crumudgeon that he picks him as the character in a school assignment asking him to pick a living saint. Why Murray is anything close to saintly is anyones guess,but between the prostitute with a heart,friends that drink too much with him and his nursng home bound wife,he is again contrived to fit the bill..

So,as expected we have the scene at the end of the movie with the kid reading his SA,written at college level,while an unexpecting Murray is tricked into hearing it,just in time for those so inclined to take out their hankys.

Not my kind of movie...but,this will appeal to many people and for good reason. Most movies are contrived and while this one is like mediocre disney fair from the 60's it works,i'm sure just how the people involved in making it wanted it to. Don't let my facetious review keep you away,if you like these movies. "It is what it is"...and that is a direct quote from the movie itself.
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David E. BaldwinReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Latter Day Saint For Saint Patty's Day
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They must have written this script forty years ago and kept it in mothballs until Bill Murray was old enough to play Vincent McKenna because this character fits the sly old Irish dog like a well worn suit. I went into this film with a few misconceptions firstly that this was a comedy. Yes there are sporadic jokes and the occasional funny bit but this film for the most part is poignantly dramatic. The scenes of Vincent with his wife who has early stage Alzheimer's disease in the convalescent home will break your heart. Secondly, curmudgeonly Vincent is a creature of habit who doesn't change his spots rather it's those around him who are effected by his presence. Terrific ensemble the best being Naomi Watts as a brassy pregnant Russian hooker and young Jaeden Lieberher as the shy youngster Vincent takes under his wing for better or for worse. I usually damn with faint praise juvenile actors by stating that they are unaffected and natural but Lieberher gives an admirable turn reminiscent of a young Haley Joel Osment and more than holds his own with Murray. This film satisfies from first frame until last. If you don't believe me consider the closing credits where Murray lays in a beach chair lip synching Bob Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm". In lesser hands this would be the equivalent of reading the telephone book but Murray is brilliant.
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MAMA ALVAREZReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
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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susan 58*Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
enjoyable
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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 heart.....no its not a Christmas movie.
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