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Article first published as Movie Review: ‘St. Vincent’ on Blogcritics.
In the world of comedy, is there anyone more reliable than Bill
Murray? Not really. The man can make anything funny, rising above even
some rather mediocre films. And Murray has never simply played himself.
From his gopher-obsessed groundskeeper in Caddyshack to Scrooged’s narcissistic Frank Cross to his most popular character Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters, there’s no role too small — even his cameo in Zombieland
was brilliant. And now he gets to play yet another neurotic character,
this time a crotchety old war veteran in Theodore Melfi’s hilarious
writing/directing debut: St. Vincent.
Melfi makes a fantastic debut making a film that would do the
Sundance Film Festival proud. Considering it premiered at this year’s
Toronto International Film Festival, this is not a Hollywood affair and
it’s all the better for it. Murray may be playing a grumpy old man, but
he’s always sympathetic and while his babysitting techniques may include
horse racing and hanging out at the bar, Vincent never puts Oliver in
danger — he has the wherewithal to take a cab home after drinking.
McCarthy shines as we have hoped she would when she’s not playing
outrageous characters like she did in Tammy
and is great as a hard-working mother dealing with her ex-husbands
adultery. Lieberher plays off Murray with ease, which says a lot about a
child actor making his big screen debut. Lessons are learned as they
always are, but St. Vincent has tons of heart to go along with the laughs. St. Vincent continues to prove Murray is one of our most treasured comedians with no signs of slowing down.
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