St. Vincent Saturday, 04 July 2020

St. Vincent

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence, sex scene and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A modern-day saint.

  • Starring:

    Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard, Jaeden Lieberher, Kimberly Quinn

  • Directed by:

    Theodore Melfi

  • Running time:

    102 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are slapped, punched, slammed against a wall, bullied, accidentally injured (hammers thumb/hits head/cuts hand), hit with an object. A man teaches a boy how to fight. Drink-driving, theft, home invasion. Vietnam War photographs. Objects thrown, smashed, damaged; broken glass. Arguing, yelling. Hitler mentioned. Blood/gore: Collapsed man. Bloody hand, face, nose. Broken nose. Bandages. Medical procedures (brain scan, CAT scan, examination). Cancer, tumours, cysts, clots mentioned.


    A couple has bedroom sex. Breast-grabbing. Woman in lingerie/underwear, cleavage. Prostitution, pole-dancing/stripping. Shirtless men (photograph). Infidelity mentioned.


    Alcohol (spirits, wine, beer). Smoking. Gambling (horse racing). Prescription pills. Bar, racetrack settings.


    F-word, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Slang for bodily functions/genitals. Derogatory terms for women, disabled people. Cultural, racial, gender, age stereotypes. Obscene finger gestures. Religious exclamations, prayer.


    Neighbours, rolemodels, loneliness, debt, religion, babysitting, pregnancy, allergies, unlikely friendships, divorce, mother-son relationships, single-parenting, influences, stroke, therapy, dementia, school projects, self-defense, shiftwork, responsibility.


    Deceased wife, divorce. Relationship breakup, child custody, adoption, infertility mentioned. Bar, strip club, hospital settings. Cat, horses, pigeons. Fish eaten. Toilets, urination. Some Spanish language (no subtitles).


    Charming, moving, crowd-pleasing, tragi-comic, heart-tugging, affecting, likeable, funny, resonant. Fantastic performances, genuine chemistry between leads, coherent/sympathetic characters, refreshingly unorthodox, strong/funny screenplay, unexpected dramatic turns, feel-good finale, scene beneath closing credits is a highlight.


    Predictable, formulaic, sappy, mawkish, uneven, sentimental, clichéd, contrived. Questionable accents, Naomi Watts is miscast, ordinary direction, mild jokes.

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