Strong cast elevates familiar tale in ‘St. Vincent’ (B+)

October 16, 2014 10:26 PM

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Strong cast elevates familiar tale in ‘St. Vincent’ (B+)

Bill Murray is one of those actors blessed with the gift of making bad behavior seem grizzled and adorable. It’s a valuable tool in any funny person’s kit, and Murray uses it to carry the benignly naughty St. Vincent above its material.

Murray plays Vincent, a grouchy Brooklynite who drinks too much, swears around kids (and takes them to bars) and blows what little cash he has at the racetrack. He’s a gentler version of Billy Bob Thornton’s Bad Santa, in a much gentler film with softer edges.

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