Casting makes a big difference in how good a movie is (or isn’t.) St. Vincent is a prime example of a movie that is completely made by good casting. Vincent is an alcoholic, acerbic, a–hole. In no way is this character likable, except for one tiny detail – Vincent is played by Bill Murray. It’s impossible to hate Bill Murray, because when you see him, you laugh – even when he is playing a giant sourpuss.
Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her son, Oliver, move next door to Vincent. When Oliver loses his keys to his house to a bully, he goes to Vincent for help. Vincent is reluctant to help, but, desperate for money, he agrees on the condition that Maggie pays him babysitting money. This becomes a permanent gig for Vincent and he teaches Oliver how to gamble and fight, feeds him sardines from a can, and…
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