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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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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


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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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


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,990, 4 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$526,322, 8 April 2012
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Original title of the film was "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City", the title of the memoir, from which the film is adapted. 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.
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Wonderfully Raw Film That Makes You Feel the Characters
26 March 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Being Flynn (2012)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Touching and mostly depressing film about a young man (Paul Dano) trying to make his way into life but things change when he sees his father (Robert DeNiro) staying at the homeless shelter he's working in. The father and son haven't seen each other in nearly twenty-years but soon the son starts to realize that this might have been a good thing. I really wasn't sure what to expect going into BEING FLYNN but I came out extremely impressed and I honestly can't remember the last time I watched a current movie and felt more for the characters involved. Not only do we have the father and son relationship but there's also the flashbacks with the mother (Julianne Moore), the son's relationship with a co-worker (Olivia Thirlby) and other small characters that we meet. The amazing thing is that the screenplay makes you feel for each of them with all their problems. I think one of the greatest assets is of course the performances with DeNiro leading the way. It seems over the past decade "film buffs" have complained about the type of roles that the actor has been taken. Of course, whenever he does turn in quality work like here or in EVERYBODY'S FINE, no one goes and sees the film, which is a real shame as both offer the actor at the top of his game. The character he plays here is at times funny, at times hateful and there are times where you don't want to see him again. The character is a racist, sexist and there's no question that he's a drunk, a deadbeat father and a crazy person. The way DeNiro plays all of this is pure perfection and shows that the actor still has that magic. The way DeNiro not only delivers the lines but also watch the small things he does with the look of the character, the way he moves and even the expressions he gives. Dano stands right up there with him and the two characters are so different that they're both able to stand strong against each other. I was also impressed with Moore, although she doesn't appear in too many scenes. Thirlby is also lovely in her part of the girlfriend and I thought she nearly stole every scene in which she appeared. The appeal of BEING FLYNN is going to be small, I mean, after all this is a depressing, raw and open look at relationships and bad ones at that. The film isn't always easy to watch but the characters are so full and you want to love them so much that it's easy to be drawn into the story. BEING FLYNN is certainly a special little gem and best of all is that it features DeNiro at the top of his game.

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