St. Vincent (2014)A young boy befriends his babysitter, an irascible middle-aged man.… More A young boy befriends his babysitter, an irascible middle-aged man. The strongest performance to date by Melissa McCarthy is the highlight of this basic but enjoyable film. We rarely see single mothers portrayed with the type of honesty and hard-working ethic that McCarthy brings to her character, and it was one of the few fresh aspects of St. Vincent. The rest is good but ordinary. I wish that Oliver had uncovered a more scandalous or deeper secret to Vincent's character, rather than a hodge-podge of what we had already seen, and all the reiterations about how bad he is work as "tell" sequences with little "show" to back up the thesis. Overall, McCarthy's seriocomic turn is what's new and most compelling about this film.
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