Why don’t we give Academy Awards to cars? Would Smokey and The Bandit have worked with The Bandit in a Camry? No. This year’s Oscar should have gone to the 1980s-perfect Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Convertible in the great Bill Murray/Naomi Watts movie St. Vincent.
Some cars just fit their owners and their owner’s lifestyle like a glove. The 1984 LeBaron that Bill Murray’s character Vincent drives in St. Vincent is in so much of the movie it will forever be remembered as a character. Most of the key scenes also take place in or around the Town & Country, which also made an inedible appearance in Seinfeld when George Costanza blew off a BMW to own “Jon Voight’s car.”
Every actor in the movie did an amazing job and Naomi Watts as Daka Paramova did receive a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Still, the car one-upped her.
In the movie Vincent hitting his own fence multiple times gives us a glimpse into his psyche. The missing headlight, the beaded seatcovers, Vincent’s old-guy, tinted safety goggles, and the ashtray in the car all play a big part in giving us a glimpse into the life of this lovable, but washed up regular Joe.
It is the combination of wire wheels, wood siding, chrome trunk-mounted luggage rack, and convertible top that is unique about the LeBaron. So few cars could carry themselves so confidently in light of this fashion disaster. Watch the trailer and tell us if you can think of a car that was a better fit in any recent movie.