Meet Vincent (Bill Murray), a grouchy old alcoholic gambling veteran with a cat who becomes a baby sitter for his new neighbour Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), a young kid living with his busy single mom (Melissa McCarthy) who is fighting for custody. Vincent is far from any saint, but over time Oliver observes him and starts to see some of his saintly traits in his not so glamorous New York suburbia habitat. The duo become unexpected friends who help each other grow despite the harsh circumstances.
Sound like another cheesy tear jerker about father figures and rites of passage? Possibly. But despite the predictability, St Vincent is honest and heartwarming with awkwardly hilarious moments carried by an interesting cast including the insanely funny and ever likeable Bill Murray. One of the most touching scenes would be the time Vincent visits his wife Sandy who has Alzheimer's and thinks that he is her doctor.
The supporting cast gave the film a breath of fresh air with atypically hilarious characters including Chris O'Dowd as the blunt Catholic school teacher. Naomi Watts also appears as the pregnant Russian stripper known to Oliver as the "lady of the night".
This is definitely a film for all the Bill Murray fans. Opens in Australian cinemas on Boxing Day.