St. Vincent (film)
St. Vincent is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written, directed and co-produced by Theodore Melfi. The film stars Bill Murray as the title character and features Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard, and Jaeden Martell.
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|Directed by||Theodore Melfi|
|Written by||Theodore Melfi|
|Music by||Theodore Shapiro|
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company|
|Box office||$54.8 million|
The film had its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival where it was voted second runner-up for the People's Choice Award. 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 film was a moderate commercial success, grossing $54.8 million against its $13 million budget, and received positive reviews from critics.
Vincent MacKenna is a retired, grumpy, alcoholic Vietnam War veteran living in Sheepshead Bay, who smokes and gambles regularly. His wife, Sandy, developed Alzheimer's years ago and can no longer recognize him, but he poses as a doctor to visit her and does her laundry. Vincent's only close friends are his cat Felix and a pregnant Russian sex worker named Daka. Despite his aggressive attitude toward strangers, Vincent has acquaintances who admire and care about him.
Vincent's 30-year-old Chrysler LeBaron gets damaged by a tree branch felled by his new neighbors' moving van. Maggie Bronstein, a radiology tech divorcee, and her son Oliver meet Vincent, who demands payment for the damage. Maggie does her best to provide for Oliver, who is ostracized and bullied at his Catholic school, but is a knowledgeable, friendly boy, welcomed warmly by his new teacher. On his first day at his school, Oliver's phone, wallet and house keys are stolen by his classmate Robert. Oliver asks Vincent if he can stay at his home until his mother comes home from work. Vincent offers to continue babysitting for a fee.
Vincent picks up Oliver daily after school because Maggie often has late shifts. Vincent's ideas of after-school activities involve visits to racetracks and bars. The mismatched pair begin to help each other mature. Vincent teaches Oliver how to defend himself from bullies, resulting in Oliver breaking a bully's nose, who later apologizes and gives back what he stole. Oliver befriends the boy, who introduces himself as Robert. Vincent and Oliver win a high odds bet on the horses, enabling Vincent to pay off some of his debts. He steals money from Oliver's bank account when his own accounts are overdrawn and takes it to the racetrack. He gambles this money away hoping for a big win. We assume this is to keep Sandy in her nursing home (staff have told him he is behind on fees and Sandy will be moved).
Vincent is confronted in his home by loan sharks Zucko and Antwan who attempt to take Sandy's jewelry. Vincent suddenly falls to the ground, and Zucko and Antwan leave him on the floor. Oliver finds him and calls emergency services. Vincent is hospitalized, told he has had a stroke, and has to undergo physical therapy. Oliver, Maggie and Daka help Vincent recover but his language remains stilted till the end of the film.
Oliver's father, a lawyer, finds out about Vincent and uses the information on gambling, introducing Oliver to a prostitute, etc. to get joint custody, with Maggie. She tells Vincent that he can no longer see Oliver.
Vincent becomes depressed after finding out Sandy died while he was hospitalised. He is given a box containing her few belongings and also her ashes.
For his "Saints Among Us" school project, Oliver asks around the neighborhood about Vincent's past. Later, he nominates Vincent at the school's assembly, publicly declaring him his saint and presenting him with a medal. Oliver's rationale comes from his teacher's definition of sainthood as a person showing 'commitment and dedication' and some sacrifice. Vincent fits this in terms of his wife; he also saved two soldiers during the Vietnam war. The rest seems debatable, as gambling and theft don't seem the best course of action to raise money for nursing home fees. However, the school audience are impressed by Oliver's speech and applaud Vincent who has been tricked into attending the event by Daka.
Some time later, Daka gives birth to a baby girl and she, along with Maggie, Oliver and Robert, go to Vincent's house, where they eat and happily talk.
- Bill Murray as Vincent MacKenna, Maggie and Oliver's neighbor.
- Jaeden Martell as Oliver Bronstein, Maggie's adoptive son.
- Melissa McCarthy as Maggie Bronstein, Oliver's adoptive mother.
- Naomi Watts as Daka Parimova, a pregnant Russian sex worker and Vincent's love interest.
- Chris O'Dowd as Brother Geraghty, Oliver's teacher.
- Terrence Howard as Zucko, Vincent's loan shark.
- Dario Barosso as Robert Ocinski, Oliver's classmate who bullies him and later becomes his friend.
- Donna Mitchell as Sandy MacKenna, Vincent's wife who has Alzheimer's disease.
- Kimberly Quinn as Ana, a nurse at Sandy's nursing home.
- Scott Adsit as David Bronstein, Maggie's ex-husband and Oliver's adoptive father.
- Ann Dowd as Shirley, Sandy's nursing home director.
- Ron McLarty as Principal O'Brien, Oliver's school principal.
- Nate Corddry as Terry, a bank clerk.
- Lenny Venito as Coach Mitchell, Oliver's P.E. teacher.
- Ray Iannicelli as Roger
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.
St. Vincent received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 77%, based on 180 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.
|2014||Toronto International Film Festival||People's Choice Award||Theodore Melfi||Nominated|
|Masters Award||3rd Place|
|Chicago International Film Festival||Audience Choice Award||Nominated|
|Heartland Film Festival||Truly Moving Picture Award||Theodore Melfi||Won|
|Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Melissa McCarthy||Runner-Up|
|Best Picture||Theodore Melfi||Nominated|
|Best Director||Theodore Melfi||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Film Critics Association||Best Youth Performance||Jaeden Martell||Nominated|
|Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards||Youth in Film||Jaeden Martell||Won|
|St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards||Best Comedy||Theodore Melfi||Nominated|
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress||Naomi Watts||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Performance by a Youth- Male||Jaeden Martell||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy||Theodore Melfi||Nominated|
|Best Actor - Musical or Comedy||Bill Murray||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics' Association Awards||Best Comedy||Theodore Melfi||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Comedy||Bill Murray||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Comedy||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|Best Young Actor/Actress||Jaeden Martell||Nominated|
|Casting Society of America||Studio or Independent Comedy||Laura Rosenthal||Nominated|
|Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards||Best Contemporary Hair Styling in Feature Length Motion Picture||Suzy Mazzarese-Allison||Nominated|
|2015 YouReviewers Movie Awards||Breakthrough Actor||Jaeden Martell||Nominated|
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