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St. Vincent (2014)

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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.

Director:

Theodore Melfi

Writer:

Theodore Melfi (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Vincent
Melissa McCarthy ... Maggie
Naomi Watts ... Daka
Chris O'Dowd ... Brother Geraghty
Terrence Howard ... Zucko
Jaeden Lieberher ... Oliver
Kimberly Quinn ... Nurse Ana
Lenny Venito ... Coach Mitchell
Nate Corddry ... Terry, the Banker
Dario Barosso ... Ocinski
Donna Mitchell ... Sandy
Ann Dowd ... Shirley, Sunnyside Administrator
Scott Adsit ... David
Reg E. Cathey ... Gus
Deirdre O'Connell ... Linda
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Storyline

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 Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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With neighbours like these, who needs family? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including sexual content, alcohol and tobacco use, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

St. Vincent De Van Nuys See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,878, 10 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,134,898, 1 March 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,837,234, 3 May 2015
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Melissa McCarthy appears in Ghostbusters (2016), the reboot of Bill Murray's iconic franchise. And Bill Murray has a cameo in it. See more »

Goofs

When Vin and Oliver are riding in Vin's car after Oliver got beat up by the bullies by the payphone, one shot shows a low evening sun glowing behind them. However, the rest of the scenes from that same day show bright, overhead, afternoon sunlight. See more »

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[first lines]
Vincent: 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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Crazy Credits

The credits play over a scene with Vincent trying to have a cigarette in his backyard and then later watering the lawn. See more »

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Features Africa Screams (1949) See more »

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Start a War
Written by Matt Berninger (as Matthew Berninger) and Aaron Dessner
Performed by The National
Courtesy of 4AD Ltd.
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
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He's holy, but not wholly. He's funny for sure..
17 October 2014 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

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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