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The Weinstein Company, Chernin Entertainment, Crescendo Productions and Goldenlight Films present a 102 minute, PG-13, Comedy, directed and written by Theodore Melfi with a theater release date of October 24, 2014.

 

What do you get when you mix a cranky old man, a young naïve boy, a divorced woman, a pregnant stripper and a cat named Felix? Obviously you get Vincent (Bill Murray) who is getting new neighbors Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) who by the way compliments of her moving truck just ripped off a tree limb that fell on Vincent’s car and fence. Well kind of the fence!

Vincent, a Vietnam veteran seems to be the angry old man that owes money to everyone, the bank, Sunnyside assisted living where his wife Sandy (Donna Mitchell) lives and also his bookie Zucko (Terrence Howard). You see Vincent is a gambler on the horses and for the most part not too successful at picking a winning horse. He sleeps with from time to time Daka (Naomi Watts) a Russian dancer from the local strip joint in the neighborhood. Funny though these two seem to have a bit of a friendship going on as well.

One night when Maggie gets held over at her job in the cancer center and Oliver lost his house keys due to some bully’s at school, she asks Vincent if he would babysit Oliver. For a price and a can of sardines for the kid Vincent agrees which turns into a regular occurrence for the angry old man and the young impressionable boy. As the days go by both Vincent and Oliver grow close, so close that Vincent is taking the kid to the races and bars, not a good thing since Maggie’s ex is suing her now for joint custody of Oliver. Much to Maggie’s surprise all the dirty laundry comes out in the wash. The truth usually does surface at one time or another!

It’s not until Vincent encounters a health issue and experiences loss that he truly realizes who is friends and true family are and how important they are to him and he to them leading up to his day of sainthood as St. Vincent of Sheepshead Bay. Everyone needs help in seeking shelter from the storm at one time or another and as for Vincent his time has come.

I absolutely enjoyed this film which made me laugh, tear-up, question life and also appreciate it as well. Some wonderful direction and superb writing makes this film worth watching especially for the mid-life crowd. Murray is absolutely phenomenal as is McCarthy who turns on her more dramatic face and Lieberher will definitely climb the actor’s ladder after this performance. Watts is fun to watch but she seemed to slip out of her Russian accent from time to time. Howard once again plays his typical jackass character that cares more about himself than his clients. As for the rest of the cast they all were a worthy support to the leads but it is the cat that steals the moments on the big screen every time that big ball of white fur appears. I truly recommend this story since it is done exceptionally well and could help Murray get an Oscar nod. Written and excited for this film with three paws out of four by Jon Patch.

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