Bill Murray just wants to be left alone in the first trailer for St. Vincent.
A drunken and broke retiree, the trailer finds Murray’s Vincent in trouble financially. However, Vincent quickly spots an opportunity to make some quick cash in the form of his new neighbour’s 12-year-old son, Oliver.
Setting himself up as a babysitter Vincent begins schooling Oliver in the ways of the world, teaching him to fight (“You need to defend yourself or you get mowed down”) introducing him to a “lady-of-the-night” (Naomi Watts playing massively against type) and taking him to the race track.
Also onboard is Chris O’Dowd as a dry Catholic school priest (although the trailer doesn’t do a lot to explain how he fits in) and Melissa McCarthy who appears to have toned down her usual acting style (read: “screaming”) to play Oliver’s mother.
There’s a definite Bukwoski vibe to Vincent, what with the horseracing, drinking, boxing and drinking, so hopes are high that this will be something more than the standard story of two outsiders bonding and learning some valuable life lessons along the way, although we’re sure there’ll be a touch of that amongst the scenes of Murray comparing a 12-year-old to Hitler.
St. Vincent is released on October 24
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