Vincent (Bill Murray) is grouchy, unhappy, broke. People don’t like him, and he doesn’t like people. He gambles, drinks, hires “ladies of the night” (Daka, played by Naomi Watts), and smokes.
One day, the school bullies take Oliver’s clothes, wallet, cell phone, and money. Oliver has to walk home in his gym clothes and asks Vincent if he can use his phone to call his mom. One thing leads to another and Vincent is hired as Oliver’s “babysitter” after school.
Vincent picks Oliver up at school and takes him on his errands….to the race track (Belmont), to the bar, and, surprisingly, to a long term care facility where he dotes on his wife who has dementia.
Now we know why he is broke. His wife in the best facility he cannot afford.
Unwittingly, Vincent ends up teaching Oliver about life.
“St. Vincent” is a superb movie. Bill Murray gives an Oscar worthy performance, and Melissa McCarthy is like you have never seen her: Serious.
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