Bill Murray’s Feel Good Comedy Is Leaving Netflix Soon
Bill Murray's St. Vincent, a 2014 dramatic-comedy, is leaving Netflix on February 10th.
Bill Murray has led a long career as one of the most beloved comedy stars in Hollywood. Though he has become a controversial figure in recent months following accusations of inappropriate behavior, Murray’s filmography remains full of classics. According to What’s On Netflix, one of Murray’s later films, 2014’s St. Vincent, leaves Netflix on February 10, 2023.
St. Vincent is a dramatic comedy starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Naomi Watts. It follows Murray’s Vincent MacKenna, a man plagued by depression and alcoholism as he struggles to care for his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife. When Maggie, played by McCarthy, moves into the neighborhood with her son, Vincent becomes the boy’s babysitter, setting the pair on a journey toward maturity.
The film’s script was featured on the 2011 Hollywood Black List, a list of the best unproduced screenplays circulating the industry. St. Vincent was written by Theodore Mefli, who also directed the film. The role of Vincent was suspected to be played by Jack Nicholson, but Billy Murray won the part.
St. Vincent marks a rare instance of critics and general audiences aligning in their opinion. The film maintains a 78 percent approval rating from both critics and audiences on the review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes. Many praised the film’s comedic sensibilities, anchored by Bill Murray, but critiqued the film’s emphatic sentimentality.
Despite criticisms, St. Vincent ultimately won audiences over with its heartfelt humor. The film did well at the box office, earning more than $54 million against a budget of $13.5 million. The film was another successful drop in the bucket for Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, and Melissa McCarthy, but its effect was more profound for the film’s writer/director.
St. Vincent paved the way for Theodore Melfi to make the 2016 film Hidden Figures, which earned nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Bill Murray has continued to work consistently, often in guest roles or bit parts, including a reprisal of his role as Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. This February, Murray will make a high-profile appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Bill Murray is set to appear as Krylar, a mad scientist in Microverse, in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quanumania. The character is believed to be a figure from the past of Janet Van Dyne, played by Michelle Pfeiffer. The film hits theaters on February 17, 2023 and will also introduce Jonathan Majors as the next big bad for the MCU, Kang the Conqueror.
In addition to Quantumania, Bill Murray is set to appear in writer/director Aziz Ansari’s upcoming film Being Mortal. An adaptation of the non-fiction book written by surgeon Atul Gawande, the medical dramedy will also include Seth Rogen, Keke Palmer, and Aziz Ansari in its cast. Murray is also lined up to play a talking dog opposite Anne Hathaway in Bum’s Rush.
Bill Murray has a mixed reputation, but the former Saturday Night Live star has taken part over the years in an impressive list of classics. Fans have just a few days left to catch one of the actor’s more underrated films on Netflix before St. Vincent leaves the platform.