Up 750 this week

Being Flynn (2012)

R  |   |  Drama  |  19 April 2012 (Hungary)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 13,135 users   Metascore: 53/100
Reviews: 39 user | 77 critic | 27 from

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.



, (book)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

The 10 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

Related News

Time Out of Mind | Review
| ioncinema
Grandma | Review
| ioncinema

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 13 Nov 2011
a list of 48 titles
created 28 Jul 2012
a list of 30 titles
created 19 Dec 2012
a list of 28 titles
created 07 Mar 2013
a list of 48 titles
created 16 Aug 2013

Related Items

Search for "Being Flynn" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Being Flynn (2012)

Being Flynn (2012) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Being Flynn.

User Polls



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Freelancers (2012)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

The son of a slain NYPD officer joins the force, where he falls in with his father's former partner and a team of rogue cops.

Director: Jessy Terrero
Stars: 50 Cent, Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker
For Ellen (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.

Director: So Yong Kim
Stars: Paul Dano, Margarita Levieva, Jon Heder
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children.

Director: Kirk Jones
Stars: Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell
Red Lights (2012)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Two veterans of the Bosnian War -- one American, one Serbian -- find their unlikely friendship turn tense with one of them reveals their true intentions.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Stars: Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Milo Ventimiglia
Nobody Walks (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A Silver Lake family's relaxed dynamic is tested after they take in a young artist so she can complete her art film.

Director: Ry Russo-Young
Stars: John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A cantankerous but ailing bartender takes a kindly young homeless man in under his wing.

Director: Dagur Kári
Stars: Paul Dano, Brian Cox, Bill Buell
Stone (2010)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A convicted arsonist looks to manipulate a parole officer into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife in the lawman's path.

Director: John Curran
Stars: Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Robert De Niro
Gigantic (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up.

Director: Matt Aselton
Stars: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Stars: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Vincent Lamarca, whose father was executed for a 1950s kidnapping of a child, grew up to become a police officer, only to see his own son become a murderer.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: Robert De Niro, James Franco, Frances McDormand
Last Vegas (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Stars: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman


Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Cirbus ...
Young Nick
Sarah Quinn ...
Religious Girl
Benjamin Foronda ...
Punky Guy


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


We're all works in progress See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

19 April 2012 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$43,990 (USA) (2 March 2012)


$526,322 (USA) (6 April 2012)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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. The security did not recognize De Niro, turned him away and would not let him in. See more »


[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.
See more »


Referenced in Made in Hollywood: Episode #7.19 (2012) See more »


Coming to Your Senses
Written and Performed by Damon Gough (as Badly Drawn Boy)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A great movie with a good De Niro performance, but Dano really steals the movie. The ending is absolutely perfect. I say A-
29 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"What do you do if both of you are lost and you both wind up in the same place...waiting?" Nick Flynn (Dano) has had a hard life. His father (De Niro) ran out on him and his mother when he was young and his mother killed herself. Trying to start a new life he moves into a new apartment and takes a job working at a homeless shelter. While working there he sees his long lost father and is not sure how to act. This is a very very good movie. De Niro is trying to go back to acting again instead of playing in movies like "Machete" and "Little Fockers". While he was good in this I never really got into it like I did with old De Niro roles. On the other hand Paul Dano is fantastic in this and in some scenes actually out acts De Niro which is incredible. The movie is a variation on the child feeling abandoned and father trying to explain why he did what he did story but it in no way feels repetitive. Little by little and simultaneously the father and son both hit rock bottom then build themselves back up into the men they want to be and watching two actors of this caliber really makes it fun to watch. I won't give anything away, but at the end De Niro keeps repeating the same word and every time he says it it has a different meaning and the movie is worth watching for that one minute scene if nothing else. I highly recommend this movie and I look for Dano to win an Oscar soon. Overall, a great movie with great performances and a perfect ending. I give it an A-.

15 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Paul Dano DampSlinky88
Went to a screening and. watisgooddar
Who the leads should be dengelke
'Peter Sarsgaard' or 'Chris Klein' for the lead krazed_nutz
Location if-i-could-stay
Name of the song used in strip club dance scene sibelius
Discuss Being Flynn (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: