A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door.
Bill Murray plays a misanthrope in this movie, and he does “cranky” very well! He plays Vincent, an older man who served in Vietnam; he visits his wife often in the nursing home even though she doesn’t know him, does her laundry weekly, and offers to watch a young boy after school because the boy’s mother works. The boy, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), is a good-hearted young man who sees the good in Vincent despite his cranky exterior.
Vincent also helps out a prostitute named Daka (Naomi Watts). When Vincent winds up in the hospital, Daka, Oliver, and Oliver’s mother Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) are there to help him recover. Although Vincent attempts to shut everyone out of his life following tragic news, Oliver refuses to let that happen. Oliver has to write about a saint for his school project, in addition to giving an oral report. He chooses Vincent to write about: the ordinary man with the big heart. Daka makes sure Vincent attends the day of the event, even though he doesn’t know where he’s going. The movie features humor and some touching moments. Unfortunately, we can’t award our Dove Seal to “St. Vincent” due to strong language, the sale of prescription drugs, and a sex scene in the movie.