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Being Flynn (2012)

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Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.

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Paul Weitz

Writers:

Paul Weitz, Nick Flynn (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Jonathan Flynn
Paul Dano ... Nick Flynn
Julianne Moore ... Jody Flynn
Olivia Thirlby ... Denise
Eddie Rouse ... Carlos
Steve Cirbus Steve Cirbus ... Jeff
Lili Taylor ... Joy
Victor Rasuk ... Gabriel
Liam Broggy ... Young Nick
Chris Chalk ... Ivan
Wes Studi ... Captain
Thomas Middleditch ... Richard
Sarah Quinn Sarah Quinn ... Religious Girl
Benjamin Foronda Benjamin Foronda ... Punky Guy
Dale Dickey ... Marie
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Storyline

Nick Flynn, in his 20s, hasn't found his place in the world yet, but hopes to be a writer. Around the time he takes a job at a homeless shelter in Boston, his father, Jonathan, who considers himself a great writer and who hasn't see Nick in years, abruptly makes fleeting contact. A few months later, the down-and-out Jonathan shows up at Nick's shelter and becomes a resident. This disorients Nick; he doesn't handle it well, compounded by Jonathan's belligerent behavior. Nick's memories of his mother, his budding relationship with a co-worker, and his own demons make things worse. Can anything improve? Is he his father's son? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content, drug use, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2012 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,990, 4 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$526,322, 8 April 2012
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Off-screen, while taking a break from filming and still in costume, Robert De Niro attempted to enter The Greenwich hotel, which he co-owns. Security did not recognize De Niro, turned him away, and would not let him in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jonathan Flynn: America has produced only three classic writers - Mark Twain, J.D. Salinger and me. I'm Jonathan Flynn. Everything I write is a masterpiece. And soon, very soon, I shall be known.
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Referenced in Made in Hollywood: Episode #7.19 (2012) See more »

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The Smile Behind Your Face
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Flying performances
29 December 2012 | by p-stepienSee all my reviews

"Being Flynn" is an awkward, semi-detached autobiographical movie based on the memoirs of Nick Flynn written down in his acclaimed book "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City". Nick Flynn (played with true zest by rising quality actor Paul Dano) recaps a period of his life, when still uncertain of having any publishing future encourages him to take up a temporary post at a homeless shelter in Boston. Once there he comes across his estranged and increasingly manic father (a masterful return by Robert De Niro), a self-proclaimed classic writer, who approaches the facility after losing his apartment and livelihood in the form of a taxi business. Left during childhood Nick feels a need for attachment, but simultaneously cannot garner to trust the unfatherly figure. Instead this enhances memories of his mother (played by Julianne Moore), who worked two jobs in an attempt to raise him as a single mother, until finally committing suicide. The situation forces a collision in an extreme situation, as Flynn's father falls from grace with Nick reluctant to help pick up the pieces.

A somewhat surprising entry by Paul Weitz, probably best known for being the culprit behind the "American Pie" franchise. Rarely comedic, instead it dabbles in the underbelly of both society and family life, engaging throughout mostly due to the terrific performances by its lead cast. The drama lingers creating atmospheric tension between the two main characters, so even if the movie fails to convey a powerful story and has its moments of prolonged lack of direction, the end result brings about a realistic dark portrait. Somewhat depressing in tone "Being Flynn" above all marks a return to greatness by De Niro and a further marked rise as a future great actor by Paul Dano. Despite some script frailties and occasional incapability for dramatic direction by Weitz, it is still a worthwhile watch and at least a very intriguing character study about generational relations.


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