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St. Vincent (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 24 October 2014 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Theodore Melfi

Writer:

Theodore Melfi (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Vincent
Melissa McCarthy ... Maggie
Naomi Watts ... Daka
Chris O'Dowd ... Brother Geraghty
Terrence Howard ... Zucko
Jaeden Martell ... Oliver (as Jaeden Lieberher)
Kimberly Quinn ... Nurse Ana
Lenny Venito ... Coach Mitchell
Nate Corddry ... Terry, the Banker
Dario Barosso ... Ocinski
Donna Mitchell ... Sandy
Ann Dowd ... Shirley, Sunnyside Administrator
Scott Adsit ... David
Reg E. Cathey ... Gus
Deirdre O'Connell ... Linda
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Storyline

Vincent is an old Vietnam vet whose stubbornly hedonistic ways have left him without money or a future. Things change when his new next-door neighbor's son, Oliver, needs a babysitter and Vince is willing enough for a fee. From that self-serving act, an unexpected friendship forms as Vincent and Oliver find so much of each other's needs through each other. As Vincent mentors Oliver in street survival and other worldly ways, Oliver begins to see more in the old man than just his foibles. When life takes a turn for the worse for Vincent, both them find the best in each other than no one around them suspects. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Love Thy Neighbor See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including sexual content, alcohol and tobacco use, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

St. Vincent De Van Nuys See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,878, 12 October 2014

Gross USA:

$44,137,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,837,234
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Daka's outfits were mostly bought from eBay and TJ Maxx, as stated by Naomi Watts and Theodore Melfi during a press conference. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver is gathering the facts about Vincent in Viet Nam from those who knew him, he is told that Vincent was a "Sergeant Major". Then, he's told about Vincent saving the guys in his unit and being awarded a bronze star. However, when they show the picture of him getting his Star from President Lyndon Baines Johnson, there are 2nd lieutenant bars on his collar. Also, born in 1946 and going into the army at 18, would make Vincent a maximum 23 yo when Johnson left office. No one can make Sergeant major in 5 years, not even in a war; though he could have gotten a field commission to 2nd lieutenant. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vincent: So this Irish guy knocks on this lady's door and says, you know, "Have you got any, uh... Any, uh... work for me?" And she says, "Um, well, you now, as a matter of fact, you could paint the porch." 'Bout two hours later, the guy comes back and says, "I've finished, ma'am, but just for your information, it's not a porch, it's a BMW."
[bar patrons stunned]
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Crazy Credits

In Loving Memory of PAUL QUINN See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 December 2014 (2014) See more »

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Stripper Pole
Written by Chris Bull and DeAngelo Samuel
Performed by Nyzzy Nyce
Courtesy of Hurricane Music Group/Duck Down Music
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He smokes, he drinks, he gambles, he's immoral...but he's there for you!
27 November 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The type of mid-budget star-vehicle that gets sold in production meetings with the caveat that it's "a feel-good movie." With Bill Murray acting like a lovable jerk (not a big stretch for Murray), "St. Vincent" also has the earmarks of a project groomed and designed to generate Oscar buzz--it has 'prestige' by way of its edgy but essentially warmhearted presentation. A grouchy Vietnam veteran in Brooklyn inadvertently becomes a babysitter for the little boy living next door after his parents split up and Mom has to work all day at the hospital. Fill-in-the-blanks screenplay by director Theodore Melfi has absolutely no surprises up its sleeve, and Murray is no longer the inimitable rascal you hate to love (he's present, but I question his sincerity). The picture isn't unique--it doesn't feel fresh, it doesn't tear you up--and Oscar did not come calling. I'm not even sure what Melfi was ultimately aiming for here (beyond setting up his happy ending), especially with the anticlimactic casting of Melissa McCarthy as the child's harried mother (she has little to do but react and scold). There's not a convincing scene in the entire 102 minutes, but some audiences may respond to its 'endearing' qualities, which is what the people behind "St. Vincent" had planned for all along. ** from ****


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