Magazine article U.S. Catholic

St. Vincent

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

St. Vincent

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ST. VINCENT

Directed by Theodore Melfi (The Weinstein Company, 2014)

St. Vincent follows the growing friendship between Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), a shrimpy misfit uprooted by his parents' recent divorce, and Vincent (Bill Murray), his crass, alcoholic, world-hating neighbor. Oliver moves with his mother, Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), and starts attending a new school. Nearly broke, Vincent offers to watch Oliver after school while Maggie is at work. A comedy about a misanthropist and an awkward boy becoming unlikely friends, having wacky adventures--Oliver and Vincent often do so with a pregnant Russian stripper (Naomi Watts) riding shotgun--and learning heartwarming lessons is a familiar movie plot.

Luckily, St. Vincent is saved from derivative sappiness by the anger and barely contained grief that haunts its main characters. We discover the reason for Vincent's rage, drinking, and financial ruin in a heartrending reveal halfway through the movie. …

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