St Vincent

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(2014) ★★★

Sky Movies Premiere: PREMIERE 18 September, 12pm and 6pm

Divorcee Melissa McCarthy leaves her likeable 12-year old son, bullied schoolboy Jaeden Lieberher, in the dubious hands of new neighbour Bill Murray. An inveterate gambler and proud curmudgeon, Murray brings the boy along to his whose regular haunts: the race track, the local bar, and a strip club where his girlfriend Naomi Watts, a pregnant Russian hooker, plies her trade.

The boy’s got some growing up to do, though maybe not this much so soon. Murray’s past caring, he’d like you to believe. But a redemptive heart beats behind that grumpy façade. What prevents this basic indie sitcom set-up caving in completely to mawkishness – and elevates it to eminently watchable – is the excellence of the ensemble cast.

Murray can do grouchy in his sleep, of course, and he nails it laying down. But McCarthy adds to her increasingly impressive resumé (The Heat, bits of Tammy, all of Spy) while Watts channels some Eastern Promise into her eye-catching turn. IT Crowd scene-stealer Chris O’Dowd’s good, too, skating over the schmaltz as a sympathetic Catholic schoolteacher. He must be the saint. Because it sure ain’t Bill.

Certificate: 12

Duration: 102min

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Sky Movies Premiere Saturday, 19 September at 12:00PM
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