Vincent 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. Written by
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Naomi Watts said in an interview that she was terrified during the sex scene with Bill Murray at the beginning of the movie. According to director Theodore Melfi, Watts was bright red and very tense. Murray could tell she was nervous, so after the director yelled "cut", he broke the ice by saying "are you seeing anyone?" Naomi cracked up and from then she was more comfortable around him. See more »
When Oliver is gathering the facts about Vincent in Viet Nam from those who knew him, he is told that Vincent was a "Sergeant Major". Then, he's told about Vincent saving the guys in his unit and being awarded a bronze star. However, when they show the picture of him getting his Star from President Lyndon B. Johnson, there are 2nd lieutenant bars on his collar. Also, born in 1946 and going into the army at 18, would make Vincent a maximum 23 yo when Johnson left office. No one can make Sergeant major in 5 years, not even in a war; though he could have gotten a field commission to 2nd lieutenant. See more »
So this Irish guy knocks on this lady's door and says, you know, "Have you got any, uh... Any, uh... work for me?" And she says, "Um, well, you now, as a matter of fact, you could paint the porch." 'Bout two hours later, the guy comes back and says, "I've finished, ma'am, but just for your information, it's not a porch, it's a BMW."
[bar patrons stunned]
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The grumpy and unpleasant Vincent (Bill Murray) is a veteran Vietnam sergeant completely broken that gambles in horse races and owes money to the shark Zucko (Terrence Howard). He is a regular client of the stripper Daka (Naomi Watts) that is closed to him. When the CT operator Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) moves with her son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) to the next-door house, Vincent offers to babysit him to make money. Maggie, who is facing a divorce process, accepts and soon Vincent finds that Oliver is bullied at school. He teaches the boy how to defend himself; he takes him to visit Sandy (Donna Mitchell) in a nursing home; and to go to the horse races and bars. Soon they become friends and partners. When Brother Geraghty (Chris O'Dowd ) asks his students to prepare a lecture about a saint, Oliver learns the life of Vincent and understands his behavior.
"St. Vincent" is an entertaining dramatic comedy with great characters and dialogs. Bill Murray is very funny with his behavior and lines. Jaeden Lieberher seems to be a promising actor with magnificent performance in his debut. Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy complete the lead cast with also wonderful performances. It is impossible to highlight the best moments of this film. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Um Santo Vizinho" ("A Holy Neighbor")
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