Jean-Paul’s Rating: 5/5 stars
Bottom Line: An excellent movie all around. Touching, funny, realistic.
“St. Vincent” is what happens when you hit the trifecta of great writing, great acting, and great direction. If I try really hard, I can come up with a complaint that there are a few slow parts at times and Naomi Watts is a little over the top as a pregnant Russian stripper, but really even those parts are delightful.
I want to see Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray in a room together ad libbing the characters of Maggie and Vincent. They are both absolutely delightful in this movie. You never quite know what’s ad lib and what’s scripted when you get two comic geniuses together, but having the two of them go all out off of each other would be hilarious.
What makes this movie special is how organic everything is. The movie is funny, but it’s not bit laugh funny. The dialogue just rolls off the tongue. Nothing is forced. You can believe people talking exactly like the movie portrays them. And the comedy is so believable because the characters are so believable. These are not off-the-wall situations you find the characters in. Maggie is a recently divorced mom trying to keep it all together between her kid and her job. Vincent is a mess of a sad, lonely man who has good reason to be so. Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher, who does an awesome job as the straight guy, er, kid) struggles to find his place in a new school where he is bullied and has to deal with being a latchkey kid.
We desperately need more movies like this one so go see it as soon as you can. It is well worth your time and money even though it is not necessary to see a movie like this on the big screen. I can’t wait for “St. Vincent” to come to the small screen so I can watch it again.