"Are You Drinking Alcohol?" "I Honestly Don't Remember."
Acting aside, the film’s well written; it gives each character their dues, and it’s surprisingly not judgmental of any of their choices (even when the characters are judgmental of each other). Even Oliver’s father, when we meet him briefly, comes off as a basically good guy who’s made some crappy choices where his marriage is concerned. That’s the point of this movie, really, that even someone who appears to be the lowest of the low, whose behavior is reprehensible, can be a saint, because the only real enemy while you’re alive is circumstance. Living is hard, and sometimes to live successfully you need to be just as hard.
Yeah, it’s a pretty corny film. I’m generally not a fan of this kind of movie; I find them to be emotionally manipulative and heavy-handed. What kept me on this film’s good side was its unflinching truthfulness in telling this story. Murray’s character is a jerk, but he has priorities in life just like we all do and staying true to those priorities involves hurting others’ sensibilities. Actions always have consequences in this movie, especially accidents and blindsides. “St Vincent” does a good job of tapping into the fear a lot of us have that we’ll wind up old and alone, with no family or property to speak of. What it also does is allay that fear, because at least the way this story goes, you have to try intensely hard to make it through life without finding a handful of people who like you despite everything, at least a little.
It falls flat at times, but “St Vincent” is a heartwarming film, even for an old cynic like me.
Shitty scotch. On the rocks.
-Drink every time someone is insulted
-Drink for montages
-Drink when someone mentions anything religious
-Drink when Vincent's debt fluctuates
-Drink for the cat
This review was written by Hollis Beck (Krissy Pappau). "St Vincent" is produced by Chernin Entertainment and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The film is rated "PG-13" with a runtime of 102 minutes.