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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:
... Jonathan Flynn
... Nick Flynn
... Jody Flynn
... Denise
... Carlos
Steve Cirbus ... Jeff
... Joy
... Gabriel
... Young Nick
... Ivan
... Captain
... Richard
Sarah Quinn ... Religious Girl
Benjamin Foronda ... Punky Guy
... 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)  »

Also Known As:

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


[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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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


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Somewhat of a gem, thanks to an engaging story, and knockout performances from DeNiro & Dano
7 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

(Credit IMDb) 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.

I saw this one a while ago. I rented it due to DeNiro's presence, and didn't expect that much. I was surprisingly engaged throughout, and it was quite a moving film. I was especially moved by the somewhat chaotic and sad relationship between Dano & his mom (Julianne Moore) she was such a tragic character. I know the key relationship is the estranged relationship between Nick & Jonathan (Dano & DeNiro) but I felt the relationship between Dano & Moore was just as effective. Paul Dano makes for a great lost soul, and I was easily able to empathize with him. Robert DeNiro gives one of his best performances in recent memory as an alcoholic. He's not very sympathetic, but his performance is a powerful one. This movie is very good. It has fantastic performances, and a great story. See it


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