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St. Vincent (2014): Movie Review

Updated on April 15, 2015
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St. Vincent (2014) is possibly one of the most obnoxious real-life American movies I've seen rated as a PG-13 comedy. It's the story of a newly divorced single mom of a boy named Oliver who become next door neighbors to Vincent, a financially struggling, belligerent drunk who curses, lies, cheats, promotes promiscuity in women by hiring a "lady of the night," struggles with pride and entitlement, and who happens to become Oliver's after school babysitter. After 20 minutes into this movie, I was tempted to turn it off. Why?


It's vulgar. As I mentioned, there is foul language throughout the film and inappropriate conversations in and around the prostitute character as well as in communications involving racehorse gambling. The treatment of Oliver by both his parents and by Vincent (the mean next door neighbor) really started to turn me off to watching this movie. What parent in their right mind allows their young school-age child to travel by bus via public transportation (not a school bus, but a bus you pay to ride) on their first day of school in a new environment unsupervised by an adult, after, while putting make up on in the car she's driving, making sure he has his map, cell phone, and house keys? Call me old school but I believe in looking after a child's best interest, which would mean taking the child myself if public transport were the only option for his first day, new first day on the medical field job or not. It just gave the vibe that priorities were completely out of whack in my personal opinion. Oliver was being made into a little adult prematurely as a result of his parent's divorce, the ugly reality of the matter.

If you can wade through the mess that is the obnoxious and the vulgar, Vin (for short) develops as a character and we get a look into the why behind the hardness of his personality. He seems to soften up after being around the child, a prediction of the direction the story will go that can be made after about 30 minutes into the film. While Vin is "flawed, very flawed," as Oliver says in his school speech, we learn he is a war vet who has a wife in a home suffering from dementia. We learn he has taken care of his wife by doing her laundry even though the facilities have the capability and service to do so and that he's faithfully done that for the last 8 years since she came into the home. These are reasons among some others, including that Vin took him in when he didn't have to, that Oliver voted Vincent as a modern day real-life saint-like, declaring him to be St. Vincent of Sheepshead Bay.

If wanting to remain pure is your thing, I would suggest thinking twice about watching the movie. There are also some spiritual undertones some may find offensive and sad while watching. While there's some good things to be said and points made in the efforts perhaps in what was attempted to be produced with the story, I'm not so sure I'd watch it again. And in the end, for it to be called a comedy, it just wasn't that funny to me.

St. Vincent Official Trailer #1 (2014)

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