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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.

Director:

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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We're All Works In Progress. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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 »

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[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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It's What I'm Thinking
Written and Performed by Badly Drawn Boy
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Somewhat of a gem, thanks to an engaging story, and knockout performances from DeNiro & Dano
7 November 2013 | by callanvassSee 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

7.5/10


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