In the irreverent comedy St.Vincent de Van Nuys, a 12-year-old boy dealing with his parents’ recent divorce gains an unlikely mentor in a bawdy war veteran who lives next door, St. Vincent de Van Nuys (Bill Murray).
Melissa McCarthy plays Maggie, the boy’s hardworking mother, who enlists St. Vincent’s help to look after her son. Reportedly, the Bridesmaids star was very anxious to be cast in the role. The movie is being compared favorably with profound dramadies like Silver Linings Playbook and As Good As It Gets, so it would seem to be a great opportunity for McCarthy to show her versatility and possibly snag an Oscar.
Naomi Watts (Eastern Promises) plays Daka, a Russian prostitute who becomes deeply involved with St. Vincent. Chris O’Dowd (Thor: The Dark World) plays Brother Geraghty, a Catholic priest who fears the negative influence the hard-drinking, gambling womanizer will have on the innocent young boy. The exceptional cast is rounded out by 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit, who plays McCarthy’s ex-husband; Terrance Howard (Lee Daniel’s The Butler); and newcomer Dario Barosso.
Ted Melfi (Winding Roads) directed the film from his own screenplay.
St. Vincent de Van Nuys opens in theaters nationwide April 11.