St. Vincent

Theatrical Release: October 24, 2014


A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door.

Dove Review

Bill Murray plays a misanthrope in this movie, and he does “cranky” very well! He plays Vincent, an older man who served in Vietnam; he visits his wife often in the nursing home even though she doesn’t know him, does her laundry weekly, and offers to watch a young boy after school because the boy’s mother works. The boy, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), is a good-hearted young man who sees the good in Vincent despite his cranky exterior.

Vincent also helps out a prostitute named Daka (Naomi Watts). When Vincent winds up in the hospital, Daka, Oliver, and Oliver’s mother Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) are there to help him recover. Although Vincent attempts to shut everyone out of his life following tragic news, Oliver refuses to let that happen. Oliver has to write about a saint for his school project, in addition to giving an oral report. He chooses Vincent to write about: the ordinary man with the big heart. Daka makes sure Vincent attends the day of the event, even though he doesn’t know where he’s going. The movie features humor and some touching moments. Unfortunately, we can’t award our Dove Seal to “St. Vincent” due to strong language, the sale of prescription drugs, and a sex scene in the movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Woman in bra having sex with man and, while not explicit, we see some movement; sexual comments; comment about "ladies of the night" a few times; character says the ladies of the night make an "honest living."
Language: GD-1; J-1; G/OMG-6; F-1; S-22; A-14; H-6; P-2; Crap-3; D-3; SOB-2; Slang for having sex-1; Slang for male genitalia-6; Slang for female genitalia-1; Slang for breasts-1; Stupid-1.
Violence: Man who can't get another drink slams glass down, breaks it and cuts his hand and blood seen; kid is bullied and gets a bloody nose; man breaks bully's skateboard and throws it at kid; kid is hit hard with a ball and his nose is bloodied, he punches the kid who did it to him and bloodies his nose.
Drugs: Drinking in a few scenes including wine and beer; character drives drunk and backs into a fence at home and runs over it; character smokes constantly; character grabs a bunch of prescription pills and later is told a drug dealer was only willing to pay $100 for them because they don't really get people high.
Nudity: Woman breastfeeds baby but a blanket covers her; women in skimpy clothing and using stripper poles; cleavage; shirtless men.
Other: Tension between characters; death and grief; in class it is stated that some kids are Catholic and the Catholic teacher says it is the best religion, other religions are mentioned such as Buddhism and a girl says there is no God; betting on horses.


Company: The Weinstein Company LLC
Director: Theodore Melfi
Producer: Don Cheadle, Peter Chernin. Theodore Melfi
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 103 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter