July 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm #155963
From first-time director Theodore Melfi.
Total Oscar-bait premise. Bill Murray plays Vincent, a drunken, gambling retiree who gets asked by
his single-mom neighbor (Melissa McCarthy) to watch her 12-year-old son
(newcomer Jaeden Lieberher). Over the course of their time together, the
odd couple teach each other life lessons. Naomi Watts has a supporting role as a pregnant foreign stripper.July 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm #155965
I don’t know man… I know Weinstein is behind this and it is kinda baity but at the same time it looks a little too light and we all know Bill Murray has been snubbed more times than he has been nominated. The guy doesn’t give a flying fart and that kind of pisses some of the Academy members off.
I do hope the best for this movie though. The kid looks adorable, Bill Murray and Naomi Watts are in GREAT form and I’m digging this more serious side of Melissa McCarthy. Looking forward to this!July 1, 2014 at 4:36 pm #155966
I would like nothing more than to see him win an Oscar but this seems very dull.July 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm #155967
That didn’t seem too Oscar-baity to me. But the trailer played up the comedic elements more, so maybe there’s some dramatic undercurrents there to offset things. It would be great to see Bill Murray nominated again.July 9, 2014 at 10:53 am #155968
This might get..might
September 18, 2014 at 10:37 pm #155969September 19, 2014 at 12:25 am #155970
The trailer makes it seem exactly like “About a Boy”. (I think that hurts Oscar chances, if the film itself is as similar.)October 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm #155971
Just saw this at an advance screening and I’ve seen this movie so many times before. Grouchy grump hates everyone, neighbor yells at grouch that he’s a horrible person and he’s very proud of it, kid gets involved and changes things slighty, big rewarding moment at the end for the pair. I could write this in my sleep. The Globes would be name checking if anyone is nominated for this movie. It’s just so genaric. McCarthy and O’Dowd had great moments and the kid is charming and Murray is still good just it’s been done so many times and brings nothing new nor is it very hilarious. There are good laughs but never did I laugh really really hardOctober 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm #155972October 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm #155973
Loved reading your review..hit the nail on the head
about everything..I saw the movie today and came away feeling very good
As far as oscar contender..nah….
MURRAY is superb but he will go as far as GG Musical/medy NOM and no more..November 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm #155974
I really did enjoy this movie. Murray gives one of his best performances and the kid was great in it. It was suprisingly emotional and I found myself and the people around me tearing up often (You gotta admit the scene where the kid is giving his saint report is unbelievable).I really don’t think it will get any Oscar love, definatly a GG Comedy Actor for Murray and maybe one for the film. But it just doesn’t seem like a film that would get Oscar love.
My grade:ANovember 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm #155975
Just saw this at an advance screening and I’ve seen this movie so many times before. Grouchy grump hates everyone, neighbor yells at grouch that he’s a horrible person and he’s very proud of it, kid gets involved and changes things slighty, big rewarding moment at the end for the pair. I could write this in my sleep. The Globes would be name checking if anyone is nominated for this movie. It’s just so genaric. McCarthy and O’Dowd had great moments and the kid is charming and Murray is still good just it’s been done so many times and brings nothing new nor is it very hilarious. There are good laughs but never did I laugh really really hard
Pretty much agree on all points. The cast is good but nothing remotely original or surprising (except O’Dowd’s character) so I was waaaaay ahead of the movie every step of the way. Pretty insufferable.December 30, 2014 at 10:17 am #155976
Caught this cute little film last night. I liked it just fine, it had charming moments and some fun characterization. As KyleBailey said it’s a film I’ve seen hundreds of times before and it really needed to do something original to be interesting/stand out, and it didn’t. It follows a very generic structure and there’s nothing unique or electric about the direction that helped the film rise above its very basic script. Bill Murray is excellent in the film and probably gives his best performance since Rushmore (yes, better than Lost in Translation). He’s committed to the character and portrays the entire arc he goes through wonderfully, adding dimensions and layers that aren’t there in the ever-so-problematic script. In a weak year for Best Actor (which never seems to happen anymore) he would be a shoo-in and could maybe even win as a career-salute. Newcomer Jaeden Lieberher was wonderful and shows enormous promise: his comedic and dramatic abilities were equal here, something rare of a child actor. McCarthy gives her best performance to date here, finally playing a character not defined by her weight, and brings a sense of building strength and an incredible warmth to all of her scenes. From here on in I’ll be pretending she got that Oscar nomination for this instead of that nonsensical Bridesmaids “performance.” Naomi Watts was fine but her SAG nomination for this is a massive joke. She hardly plays a character: she shows up, says some one-liners with a Russian accent that serves no purpose other than to be funny, has a baby as part of a throwaway C-storyline and disappears.
As for Melfi, this debut from home pretty clearly shows his strengths (working with actors, balancing humor, heart and drama) and weaknesses (originality, character development).
Grade: BDecember 30, 2014 at 10:44 am #155977
I thought the film was nice, and I found the speech near the end to be very touching. Sure, it wasn’t terribly original, but it told a story and did it well. Also, Murray really brings it the whole movie. I think that an honorary Oscar will be coming to him eventually, if he can’t win one the normal way.