A new review from The Movie Snob.
St. Vincent (A-). Okay, the grade may be slightly inflated, but what can I say? I fell for this sappy little movie about a cranky old boozehound and the little boy who moves in next door and gets taken under his wing. Bill Murray (Moonrise Kingdom) plays Vincent, a cranky old boozehound with a Russian stripper girlfriend (Naomi Watts, The Impossible) and a serious debt problem. Melissa McCarthy (The Heat) plays the woman who moves in next door to Vincent. She’s going through a tough divorce and works long hours, so she gets Vincent to watch her young son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher, in his first movie) after school. It’s Murray’s movie, but young Lieberher also turns in a great performance that really makes the movie work. Chris O’Dowd (Calvary) has some good one-liners as a Catholic priest and teacher at Oliver’s school. I described this movie to The Borg Queen, and she said, “It sounds like About a Boy.” And you know, there is some similarity there, although I don’t think I’ve ever cried watching About a Boy. Anyway, I’ll be curious to see if Murray gets an Oscar nom for this one.