Vincent (Bill Murray from “The Monuments Men”) has had a rough life, and you can see it on his face. He looks like what he is: an angry old man you want to avoid. And that’s the way he likes it. When Maggie (Melissa McCarthy from “Tammy”) and her young son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher’s feature debut) move in next door, she is forced to hire Vincent to watch Oliver after school. Vincent has to do it because his main job of being a bad example does not pay very well.
I must say that Vincent is not a bad person; it’s just everything he does and says is bad, no matter whose bible you go by. He is capable of doing good things, but seldom on purpose. For some reason Oliver likes him, even though Vincent introduces him as “$12 an hour.” Once the cat, who looks just like Vincent, takes a shine to the kid, Vincent opens up his crusty old heart a bit. Maggie figures he may be “too old to be dangerous,” but Vincent is used to being underestimated.
Much like last week’s “The Judge,” this movie starts with some archetypes and a “Karate Kid” kind of setup. The difference here is we do not dive into the deep end of the pool from that familiar jumping off place. Here they pee in the pool and sneak out the back door. This movie will make you look at Bill Murray differently, and old people in general. He may be a sad clown, but what if somebody could make him laugh? Also, McCarthy sheds her usual shtick and proves to be an excellent foil for the master.
I have to give a shout out to my friend Ron Bush, who delivers a stellar scene with Bill Murray in the same way he did in the last movie I wrote, directed, produced (and am still paying off the credit cards for): “Bright Lights & Promises.”
I personally feel saved after seeing this movie, as it kept me from a Nicholas Sparks rom-somber-com movie. I believe that saints walk among us, and they are not easy to spot. If you see this movie you may realize one lives next to you. For that I must give this movie 4 ½ stars out of 5. I will now bow my head for “St. Vincent,” the best movie I have seen this year.
Tom Basham is an indie filmmaker. Here is a link to his movie review site: http://bashmovies.wordpress.com