A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door. (IMDB)
Writer: Theodore Melfi
Director: Theodore Melfi
Stars: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts
Run time/Rating: 102Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score: Large Popcorn with Butter
There are certain times throughout St. Vincent where you never think it could end with you leaving feeling anything but miserable. The anti-hero Vincent who in reality is anything but a saint is rude to women, children, generally unhappy in life and overall disgusting. It is highly out of character when after certain circumstances force him to meet his new neighbors he offers to babysit (at an above market rate) the new neighbor boy after school until his single mom (Melissa McCartney) gets off of work. This is something that he in not very interested in and certainly isn’t qualified for.
In their newfound time together the begrudged old man teaches the kid a thing or two. All the types of things that the kid is not learning in his catholic school from his Priest teacher played by Chris O’Dowd. Things like how to make a good bet at the track, how to break the bigger bully’s nose. The stubborn old man however isn’t ready to receive any lessons of his own from the positive and bright young boy, not at least, right away.
The story which also invokes the trials of a single working mother, a pregnant prostitute/payrolled friend of Vince, the sorrows of life ending, and a somewhat characterized angry bookie played by Terrance Howard is simple and everyone and everything ultimately does come around. Maybe that is why I enjoyed St. Vincent as much as I did. I think to see the takedown of anger and depression and hostility and to see happiness and innocence win is just kind of nice.
It might sound too simple, but St. Vincent completely avoids the possible pitfalls of its potentially pleasant resolve. Bill Murry is awesome, angrily funny and as always can bring the level of dramatic chops that this layered part needs. I loved it.