Meet Vincent McKenna (Bill Murray), a Brooklyn native who divides his time between drinking, spending time at the race tracks and porking a Russian hooker named Daka (Naomi Watts). Not your ideal babysitter it would seem, yet that is exactly the role he takes upon himself when Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) movies in next door along with her 12-year-old son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). She has to work long hours and has no other choice but to ask Vincent to help out. He agrees but not out of the goodness of his heart, mind you. He needs the money. And lo and behold, he ends up reformed because of Oliver’s innocence.
With a different cast, St. Vincent would have been a likely candidate for TV movie of the week with its incredibly cheesy storyline. Yet everyone in this movie is awesome and together they lift things to the next level with ease. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Melissa McCarthy because loud and obnoxious is just not my thing but here she’s surprisingly subdued. Jaeden Lieberher has the kind of charm you want a kid to have in a movie like this. And Bill Murray is… well, Bill Murray. Seriously, can that guy do anything wrong at this point? During the end credits you see him watering a plant while singing Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm”… that scene alone is worth watching St. Vincent for.