St. Vincent script
St. Vincent (2014)
Synopsis: Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a struggling single woman, moves to Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Having to work very long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of Vincent (Bill Murray), a bawdy misanthrope next door. Vincent takes Oliver along on his trips to the race track, strip club and dive bar, and an unlikely friendship is born. The man is a mentor to the boy in his hedonistic way, and Oliver sees the good in Vincent that no one else can.

FADE IN:

INT. BEDROOM - DAY

A bedroom stuck in the 1970’s. Felt wallpaper, cigarette

smoke stains, thick dust. Pictures everywhere of a MAN

(VINCENT) and a WOMAN (SANDY) in love. They couldn’t

look happier. Young, full of life.

On the bed, an African American woman, CHARISSE, rides on

top of someone we’ll soon meet. Charisse is lost in her

30s, rough, tattooed, too much makeup, and somewhere

underneath it all...beautiful. Furthermore, she’s

pregnant. Who knows how long, she’s so damn skinny.

Grinding away.

CHARISSE:

You eat breakfast yet?

She’s talking to VINCENT (mostly VIN.) Whom she’s

riding. He’s the guy from the pictures, although now in

his 60s/70s. Beat-to-hell, raw, irreverent. He gave up

on life years ago.

VINCENT:

(puffing a cigarette)

You didn’t eat?

CHARISSE:

I forgot.

VINCENT:

How do you forget to eat?

CHARISSE:

It happens.

Vincent returns his gaze to...the TV on top of his

dresser. An old Abbott & Costello movie is playing.

Charisse adjusts herself, continues grinding on Vincent.

Then...

VINCENT:

You want go to breakfast?

Sure.

INT. NAT’S DINER - LATER

A greasy spoon. Vincent and Charisse are in a booth

eating breakfast. Charisse is scarfing down Huevos

Rancheros, like she hasn’t eaten in days.

VINCENT:

I get reflux just looking at you.

2.

CHARISSE:

Can get a pill for that.

VINCENT:

Bastards have a pill for

everything. That’s a fact, lady.

Killing us all, ten milligrams at a

time.

Vincent sifts through his pill pouch. Pulls out a dozen

or so...the day’s dose.

VINCENT (CONT’D)

Where’s the water? Didn’t I ask

for water?

CHARISSE:

Ask ‘em again.

VINCENT:

Coming here twenty years, still

can’t get their shit together.

Calling off to a Mexican server (JESUS.)

VINCENT (CONT’D)

Jesus. Aqua. Pills.

Jesus smiles, nods.

CHARISSE:

I ain’t never takin’ me that many

pills.

VINCENT:

Just crack and meth. That’s a

better plan.

CHARISSE:

Fuck you, Vin. Stay off my shit.

She reaches across the table for his toast.

CHARISSE (CONT’D)

You wan’ your toast.

Jesus returns with a glass of water. Lots of ice.

JESUS:

Here you go, Mr. Vincent.

VINCENT:

Can you put more ice in it? I want

to make sure I choke while I’m

swallowing my poison.

Jesus is confused.

CHARISSE:

He don’t wan’ no ice.

3.

JESUS:

Oh. Si.

VINCENT:

Yeah. Oh, si. Just like everyday

I come in here. Water no ice.

No one really knows what to say. They’ve heard it all

before. Daily.

JESUS:

Uno momento, Mr. Vincent.

Jesus walks off, nonplussed.

VINCENT:

Uno momento. That’s all they say

around here.

Vin takes a pill, swallows.

VINCENT (CONT’D)

What did Jesus say to the Mexicans

before he left?

CHARISSE:

Don’ know.

VINCENT:

Don’t do anything till I get back.

Charisse doesn’t laugh.

CHARISSE:

Talking for Jesus ain’t right.

VINCENT:

Really. From you?

Vin takes another pill. Swallows.

EXT. A BANK - DAY - LATER

Standard bank. Vin’s car’s parked outside. A Dodge

Duster in crap shape.

INT. THE BANK - CONTINUOUS

Vin’s sitting across from a mortgage counselor, TERRY.

He’s reviewing paperwork.

VINCENT:

(pointing)

That one there. Says the line’s

been frozen.

Terry shuffles.

4.

TERRY:

Uh-huh. Got it. Yes. Let’s

see...so...with these reverse

mortgages you can only borrow a

percentage of the equity you have

in the house. That’s called the

loan-to-value.

VINCENT:

Don’t need a financial seminar. I

own the damn thing outright. 40

years.

TERRY:

Yes. Yes. Well...you did. But

now, since you’ve been getting

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Theodore Melfi

Theodore Melfi is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his feature length debut film St. Vincent starring Bill Murray. more…

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