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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.

CAMERON BAILEY

Theodore Melfi
Theodore Melfi was born in Brooklyn. He wrote and directed the short films The Story of Bob (05), The Beneficiary (08), Roshambo (10), and I Want Candy (10). St. Vincent (14) is his debut feature.

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