If only Bill Murray could have babysat us all.
In the trailer for Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent, Murray stars as a grouchy, down-on-his-luck gentleman who takes a job babysitting his neighbour’s son.
Now, Melfi had us at “Murray stars,” but the additional promise of having him play opposite Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Naomi Watts is pretty appealing too.
The trailer suggests this might be more of a heartwarming dramedy in the mould of Little Miss Sunshine than an out-and-out comedy, or even one of Murray’s more melancholy, late-career efforts.
If that’s the case, then it just might be the kind of catnip the likes of the Academy will eat up, and perhaps earn the actor his long-desired Oscar.
It arrives in U.S. cinemas this October, but we’ll have to wait until Boxing Day to see it for ourselves.