NOW WATCHING: ST. VINCENT

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Written and directed by Theodore Melfi, making his theatrical feature film debut, St. Vincent is an American comedy-drama film starring Bill Murray as the title character and features Jaeden Lieberher, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, and Naomi Watts.



In the movie, a young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.



The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival where it was voted second runner-up as People’s Choice Award for Best Film. It received a limited theatrical release on October 10, 2014, and expanded to a wide release on October 24. The same day, it was released on Netflix in France.



The screenplay was written in 2011 by Melfi, and was included on the Hollywood Black List (the best unproduced scripts) of 2011.



Jack Nicholson was rumored to star in the film, but Murray signed on in July 2012. On March 11, 2013, Melissa McCarthy was offered the lead female part and joined the cast. On March 22, Chris O’Dowd joined the cast as a Catholic priest. Naomi Watts joined the cast on April 22 in the role of a Russian prostitute. On July 19, Scott Adsit joined the cast to play McCarthy’s character’s ex-husband.



Filming began the first week of July 2013, with scenes filmed in Brooklyn, New York and at Belmont Park in Elmont, Long Island, New York.



St. Vincent received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 77%, based on 165 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The consensus reads, “St. Vincent offers the considerable pleasure of seeing Bill Murray back in funny form, but drifts into dangerously sentimental territory along the way.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 64 out of 100, based on 40 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.” On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of “A-” on an A+ to F scale.



Richard Roeper gave the film a grade of an A, saying Murray’s performance could “mean a Golden Globe.”

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