IF this film doesn’t warm the cockles of your heart, you must be even grumpier than the old geezer played by Bill Murray in this delightful tale of finding redemption.
Murray’s a Hollywood treasure, a fine character actor who inhabits the skin of curmudgeonly Vincent, who’s irritated when his new neighbour, nurse Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) asks him to watch her 12-year-old son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher pictured with Murray) after school until she gets home from the hospital every day.
So, Vincent squeezes a few dollars an hour out of hard-pressed Maggie to keep a sleepy eye on Oliver in between slugs of bourbon. But, when Oliver gets bullied at his new Catholic school (where Chris O’Dowd’s a hilarious priest/teacher), Vincent teaches him a thing or two about fighting. The kid also tags along with Vincent to the racetrack, drops in to the local bar and hangs with Bill’s ‘girlfriend’ heavily pregnant, Polish pole dancing hooker Daka (Naomi Watts). When this is revealed during Maggie’s custody battle with her hubby she’s aghast. But fate sees Oliver nominate his unlikely mentor for a school ‘sainthood’ award after accidentally uncovering down-and-out Vincent’s secret life story. Ahh!
EIV, cert 12