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St. Vincent (2014)

If you’ve been following my Facebook page for a while you’ll know that I bang on quite a bit about the fact that no one makes “good films” anymore.

A few of the films I’ve posted about that still give me faith that Hollywood still knows how to make good films are Green Book (2018), The Judge (2014), Chef (2014) and Richard Jewell (2019).

Another is St. Vincent (2014).

Starring Bill Murray (Groundhog Day), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Jaeden Martell/Lieberher (It) and Naomi Watts (The Ring), this is a funny and touching film about the relationship between a bitter old man and a young boy.

Here’s the synopsis according to google:

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.

As much as I don’t dislike Melissa McCarthy, I’m not a huge fan of her either but she’s really good in this film. Bill Murray is brilliant as Vincent, the seemingly selfish and grumpy next door neighbour, and Jaeden Martell shows early promise as a kid who’s struggling to find his place in the world after his parent’s separation. I have to give a special mention to Chris O’Dowd though who’s extremely likeable as Oliver’s catholic priest/teacher.

This is one of those movies that seems to have gone unnoticed by a lot of people and it’s a tragedy because it’s a great film!

If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely give it a watch. 👌

Seen it? Let me know.👇


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