What to Watch: St. Vincent
I'm so glad I finally watched St. Vincent. I knew it was up for some awards last year, but I never got around to it. I'm wary of Melissa McCarthy movies, so put thoughts of this one on the shelf until a few weeks ago. But, this movie isn't like her usual movies--It's heartfelt and not over the top. It still glorifies some terrible behavior, but it does it in a way I found endearing and sweet. I watched it on Amazon Prime and found it totally heartwarming and surprisingly wonderful.
Bill Murray, obviously, is just amazing. He plays the rascally neighbor to Melissa McCarthy and her young son. She's going through a divorce and Vincent ends up helping her with childcare. It's a tale I think lots of people can relate to--school hours just don't match up with any sort of professional hours so you have to figure child care out. She does what she can, and he's not your average babysitter. The characters were wonderful and you sincerely care for all of them (thought McCarthy in her divorce proceedings feels a little caricature-ish).
This is a great movie to put a smile on your face in a subtle, lovely way.
Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a struggling single woman, moves to Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Having to work very long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of Vincent (Bill Murray), a bawdy misanthrope next door. Vincent takes Oliver along on his trips to the race track, strip club and dive bar, and an unlikely friendship is born. The man is a mentor to the boy in his hedonistic way, and Oliver sees the good in Vincent that no one else can.
This trailer is great and will totally give you a sense of the heart of the movie: