Film review: St Vincent

Directed by Ted Melfi

In a role he was born to play, Bill Murray is Vincent, a cantankerous old man who treats everyone badly, including himself. He drinks, smokes, gambles, swears and appears to have a problem with everything and everyone.

It’s only when single mum Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) moves in next door with her young son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) and she needs someone to watch him after school that Oliver and Vincent develop an unlikely friendship.

Oliver sees past Vincent’s gruff exterior and decides to make him his ‘modern-day saint’ for a school assignment. Vincent’s complex life is gradually revealed – he has a Russian prostitute girlfriend Daka (Naomi Watts), who also happens to be pregnant with his baby, his wife suffers from dementia and is in a nursing home, and he also has loan sharks on his trail.

With brilliant performances by the whole cast, including Chris O’Dowd as a witty teacher in Oliver’s Catholic school, this film is funny, emotional, uplifting and honest, with the message being that every human has a value and everyone is a saint to someone.

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