A cantankerous, cash-strapped, loose-living retiree (Bill Murray) becomes a spectacularly unlikely role model for his twelve-year-old neighbour, in this delightful comedy co-starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard and Naomi Watts.
PLEASE NOTE: St. Vincent will have an additional screening on Friday, September 12 at 9:30pm (Princess of Wales). Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 3 at 9am.
The feature debut from writer-director
Theodore Melfi finds Bill Murray at his
cantankerous best. Playing a cash-strapped
retiree with a taste for liquor, loose women,
and laying bets at the local horse track, he's a
singularly unlikely role model for an impressionable
youth. But that's precisely what he
becomes in St. Vincent.
It's putting it mildly to call Vincent
(Murray) a prickly character. A solitary
Vietnam War veteran with a withering
temper, he's less than pleased to see Maggie
(Melissa McCarthy) move into the vacant
house next door with her twelve-year-old
son Oliver (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher).
Desperate times call for desperate measures,
however, and when Vincent's bank account
bottoms out, he approaches Maggie about
minding her boy during her late-night
nursing shifts. Maggie reluctantly agrees,
and soon Oliver is on the receiving end of
an uproarious miseducation. Yet Vincent's
unorthodox tutelage also yields a tender and
mutually beneficial friendship reminiscent
of Murray's unforgettable pairing with
Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore.
On the strength of his much-buzzed-about
screenplay, Melfi has assembled a
cast the likes of which first-time filmmakers
can typically only dream. In addition
to Murray and McCarthy, St. Vincent stars
Chris O'Dowd and Terrence Howard, as
well as Naomi Watts as a pregnant Russian
prostitute. Her wonderfully over-the-top
turn is the sort of performance one might
label a "scene-stealer." But with Murray in
this sort of form, there's no doubt as to who's
running the show.