“St. Vincent” starring Bill Murray, is one of those delightful philosophical movies where some very touching realizations come from a twelve-year-old boy named ‘Oliver’. It’s because I’m such a big Bill Murray fan that I borrowed the DVD from the library about a year ago. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to view it again just recently – and I thoroughly enjoyed it again.
It could be described as a light-hearted, nicely balanced comedy/drama, with a sprinkling of wisdom, mostly from young Oliver who says things like: “To give everything and be left with nothing, is the best life you could ever have!”
Bill Murray plays the ‘grumpy old guy’ part quite well, gradually revealing to us that he has – not just one, but all the vices such as, drinking, gambling, stealing, hiring prostitutes, and running from his bookie (to whom he owes a lot of money). When he accepts a job offer of being Oliver’s after-school caregiver, Vincent begins to show the kid a different sort of perspective on life… including an informal education from the ‘school of hard knocks’.
It’s mainly the boy who can see what’s really going on in Vincent’s life – although the prostitute can read him pretty clearly too – and its also the boy who shows others just how saintly the lovable, grumpy old Vincent has always been, and that it’s only his pain that causes him to try and keep a safe distance from the world.
Whether you’re a Bill Murray fan or not (and particularly if you are), I think you might really enjoy this little gem.
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