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At the movies: St. Vincent

January 13, 2015

St. Vincent

When newly divorced single mom Maggie moves next door to crotchety Vincent she turns to him in desperation for after school care for her son, Oliver.  Vincent only agrees to do it because he needs the money.   Vincent sees that Oliver needs some street smarts and Oliver learns that Vincent has a softer side causing the two to form an unlikely bond.  When tragedy strikes Vincent, they all discover that you don’t have to be related to be family.

I went to see St. Vincent expecting a somewhat bawdy comedy and I got that to some degree.  I also got a heartwarming story of love and sacrifice, which I didn’t expect at all.  This movie made me laugh and cry and I thought it was terrific!  The casting was spot on – Bill Murray was born to play the role of Vincent.  The movie isn’t for the whole family, though – there’s plenty of language and sexual situations – but it’s well worth watching once the kids have gone to bed.

28 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2015 6:46 am

    I’ve heard only good things about this film. Glad you also recommend it!

  2. Diane (@bookchickdi) permalink
    January 13, 2015 7:33 am

    I love Bill Murray and want to see this- so glad you gave it a thumbs up.

  3. January 13, 2015 7:53 am

    I have been eyeing this one…I am glad you enjoyed it, so now I must see it. Thanks!

  4. Beth F permalink
    January 13, 2015 7:59 am

    Oh good to know that’s it’s worth watching. I love the cast.

  5. bookingmama permalink
    January 13, 2015 8:58 am

    I love Bill Murray! I admit I was surprised to hear that this one was more than a comedy.

  6. January 13, 2015 9:49 am

    I couldn’t agree more. I like Bill Murray, but I’m not a huge fan. Melissa McCarthy can typically be too slapstick for me (although I liked her with Sandra Bullock in The Heat). But both of them put on their very best performances in St. Vincent, IMHO.

  7. January 13, 2015 9:51 am

    I love watching Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy on screen, so I can’t wait to watch it.

  8. January 13, 2015 11:30 am

    As usual, I am out of the loop with recent movies. I heard about this one while watching the Globes the other night. I love Murray, usually so it will be on my DVD list most likely.

  9. January 13, 2015 11:43 am

    I’ve been curious about this movie ever since I saw the trailer. You make it sound terrific!

  10. lab1990 permalink
    January 13, 2015 3:23 pm

    I love that this is a bit of a more serious movie for Melissa; she’s a great actress. I really want to see this!


  11. Patty permalink
    January 13, 2015 4:16 pm

    I was wondering about this one!

  12. January 13, 2015 4:36 pm

    I will definitely see it 🙂

  13. January 13, 2015 5:37 pm

    Great review- am looking forward to seeing this.

  14. January 13, 2015 6:40 pm

    Bill Murray is one my of my favorite actors. I look forward to seeing this movie.

  15. Literary Feline permalink
    January 13, 2015 7:22 pm

    I might have to see this after all given your review, Kathy!

  16. January 13, 2015 8:49 pm

    Just save it to my Netflix queue. Movies are coming out on dvd so much faster than they used to. Gone Girl is already available on dvd! Anyhow, this sounds like one I’d enjoy. Thanks for the review!

  17. January 14, 2015 1:00 am

    one for my movie-to-see-list

  18. January 14, 2015 8:44 am

    I don’t know where or by whom I’ve heard the word. Sadly, I’ve heard “guttersnipe” more than once. Thank goodness, no one ever called me one. Maybe I just read it in a book. I don’t know. It’s a word that sticks with you.

  19. January 14, 2015 9:38 am

    I am so far removed from current movies these days, but I saw the trailer for this on the Golden Globes and thought it looked really funny. I’m glad to hear it was so good – I might have to Netflix it!

  20. sandynawrot permalink
    January 14, 2015 11:54 am

    I love Bill Murray. He OWNS every role he plays, even the unlikely ones. I’m definitely going to see this one.

  21. January 14, 2015 2:11 pm

    Thanks for recommending this movie. I’ve been on the fence about seeing it, but now I’m going.

  22. January 14, 2015 7:11 pm

    So glad you loved it too, Kathy. I was surprised when I got choked up too. It snuck up on me!

  23. talesofwhimsy permalink
    January 14, 2015 9:11 pm

    This sounds like a total winner.

  24. January 14, 2015 9:34 pm

    I was not sure if this is a movie I wanted to see, then it was on the Golden Globes and you said some good things about it. I hope it comes to our local theater!

  25. January 15, 2015 11:03 am

    My mom and I loved this movie. I was definitely not expecting it to be a tearjerker and it totally was!

  26. January 15, 2015 9:14 pm

    I love Bill Murray! I’m glad this movie was good, I’ve been wanting to see it.

  27. swright9 permalink
    January 20, 2015 10:08 pm

    Oh great. Glad to hear it’s good. I’d like to see it! thanks

  28. January 26, 2015 5:34 pm

    I liked this one, but it also made me a little cross. I mean, I can be difficult and don’t like to cook and stuff, but it hasn’t gathered a second family around me, at least not yet.

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