The Critics Roundup: 'St. Vincent' and 'Jane the Virgin'

You know you love Bill Murray.
The Critics Roundup: 'St. Vincent' and 'Jane the Virgin'
Bill Murray in 'St. Vincent'

Everyone loves Bill Murray. Don’t try to dispute it: you know you do. And if you watched Jimmy Kimmel’s latest interview with him, you know that Bill Murray also knows this (but in true Bill Murray fashion, he’s somehow genuinely humble about it). Thankfully, the funnyman is back in a new comedy alongside another fan favorite comedian Melissa McCarthy (if you’re missing her, be sure to catch up on all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, now streaming on Netflix). Their film St. Vincent tells the story of a strange “cantankerous old cuss” named Vincent (Murray) who meets a young boy and the two become inseparable. According to PluggedIn’s Paul Asay, “the film has a nice heart but a messed-up head, and while Vincent's actions aren't meant to be aspirational, they're still not particularly beneficial to watch.” Asay is referring to the film’s crude content, namely an over-indulgent amount of profanity, over the top violence, and other “unremitting bad behavior.” Aside from Vincent’s lewd behavior, the message of the film is as simple and obvious as the character’s “St”: Just like Vincent, “we are more than our vices. We are less than our virtues.” The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis admits St. Vincent “has a couple of things going for it, mostly Bill Murray.” She says, “he scrooge is a particularly durable type” and “it’s a character that Mr. Murray knows something about, having played a version in the 1988 comedy Scrooged.” Although the character may be overdone, Murray portrays him better than those that have come before, because he “pulls out something ...

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