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Plot: 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. Runtime: 102 mins Release Date: 18 Apr 2012
A Radiant, Touching Memoir of Nick Flynn Brought to the Screen (by gradyharp)
Few films concerning father/son relationships have been able to produce the emotional impact of this masterfully written and directed and acted BEING FLYNN. Paul Weitz directs and adapted the 2004 memoir by Nick Flynn "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir" and brought together a superlative cast that just may be Robert De Niro's finest hour. Nick Flynn deserves the credit for this articulate tale of his own life: he was born and grew up in Scituate, Massachusetts, south of Boston. His parents divorced when he was young and his mother committed suicide when he was 22. He <more>
drifted through several jobs before starting work at a homeless shelter in Boston, where at age twenty-seven, he met his estranged, homeless father for the first time. That is the core of the film.The nature of the film works very well: we simultaneously meet Jonathan Flynn Robert DeNiro , a man who believes he is 'America's greatest writer along side Mark Twain and JD Salinger, who lives life day to day in a drunken stupor, driving taxis, acting out con games etc until he becomes homeless, and after seeking shelter from old friends he has neglected, he ends up in a homeless shelter. We also meet his estranged son Nick Flynn Paul Dano, in a breakout performance who is striving to discover who he is, perceiving himself as a writer but unsuccessful with relationships: Nick's mother Jody Julianne Moore we see only in flashbacks because she committed suicide, and his only communication with his absent father has been through letters. Also homeless, Nick moves with with two characters Eddie Rouse and Steve Cirbus who manage to help Nick find a job in a homeless shelter. As Nick adjusts to working at the shelter he comes into connect with a potential girlfriend Denise Olivia Thirlby and begins to feel as though his life has some degree of meaning. The jolt comes when Jonathan seeks shelter in the homeless shelter where Nick works and it is this coming together of two bruised and pained people who happen to be father and son that sets in motion the resolution of the story. Both men are pitiful but both have redeeming characteristics and it is this struggling coming together that makes the film breathe. In addition to the brilliant acting of the main characters, there are also exceptionally memorable roles by Lili Taylor, Victor Rasuk, Thomas Middleditch, Wes Studi, Chris Chalk and others.Not only is the film pitch perfect in nearly every detail, but it also gives the viewer the opportunity to consider the plight of the homeless around us. How many tragic stories like this are untold or never will be known? When a film can produce that degree of involvement with the audience it goes beyond simply being a film and becomes art - art makes us consider, think, and change. Grady Harp
Im not going to get into the plot because it takes a while to explain, and you can already find it in previous reviews done on this film. Anyway, "Being Flynn" is an incredible film. There was honestly not a single thing about this movie that I didn't like. The only reason that I gave it 9 out of 10 stars instead of a 10 is because I think that it may seem a little slow to certain viewers. I am not one of those viewers. First off, this is the best acting I have seen from Robert De Niro in a very long time. This film goes up there with his best: "Taxi Driver", <more>
"Goodfellas", "Heat", etc. The same goes for Paul Dano. His acting in "Being Flynn" is on par, if not better, than in "There Will Be Blood". I will warn those who are very sensitive: you will cry at some point during this film. It is incredibly sad to see the deterioration of Robert De Niro's character. You truly feel for his son Paul Dano and what he is going through with this complete nut-case of a father. Paul Dano's character is treated very similarly in "Being Flynn" by Robert De Niro as he is in "There Will Be Blood" by Daniel Day Lewis. I guess he is just an actor we are meant to feel bad for. Anyway, I am so glad to see Robert De Niro doing good films again The last one I saw him in was "Little Fockers" :P . It is a shame that most people will not see this movie and because it is an early 2012 release and is a limited release, this will get absolutely NO recognition at the Academy Awards.... Robert De Niro and Paul Dano truly both deserve best actor nominations and the movie deserves a best picture nomination. I know it is pretty early in the year to be saying this, but this film is going to be damn hard to beat. Go see "Being Flynn", you wont regret it!
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degree would give St. Nick another 200 years or so, no end to the miracle.With respect to just us men, there is this idea I came across only yesterday, in a way You may agree could not be more appropriate, however childish [ BearPublishing ]. It is the idea of a "Guardian of the Threshold". Having thoroughly smoothed this bump over myself with Neil's metaphysical bulldozer and more recently a rationalization of my having destroyed the Venus pattern do not think about it that way , I want to sincerely congratulate You on my awesome interpretation of Your offering the Soul with this, to the Catholic Church to possibly brainwash and transform the Priesthood with. What I want to point out at large is the virtue of Steiner's mental gymnastics about the "etheric body", especially those "warmth eggs on Saturn" he went on about. What is happening with this whole ExpectoPatronum is realistically a final necessary inflection of collective consciousness towards normal liberation, like humours crusting away the clown. I do not mean consciousness like Jung did, rather in a way of shared sensory pattern.PooYing, Tomasz Kapler
Excellent movie that addresses difficult subject matter (by tlutzy)
If you're looking for a light drama or comedy, don't choose Being Flynn. But if you want to see the masterful acting of Robert DeNiro and Paul Dano, and you're up for serious subject matter, this is an outstanding film. The script does not sugar-coat any aspects of addiction or homelessness. It tells it like it is. The key characters are multi-dimensional, and I found myself rooting for them at times and wanting to kick their butts at other times. Besides the obvious subject matter of addiction and homelessness, the film also address the challenges we all have dealing with whether <more>
we are or are not our parents -- or at least looking at parts of ourselves we don't like that we also don't like in our parents. And the feelings of guilt and shame experience by Nick over the death of his mother are palpable. The only thing I found disconcerting was that fact that it was supposed to be set in Boston and, with the exception of one recognizable Boston location, it was so obviously filmed in New York.
Based on the memoirs of poet Nick Flynn entitled Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Being Flynn works thanks to the performances put in by Robert De Niro and Paul Dano, playing the father and son Jonathan and Nick Flynn, estranged for many years no thanks to Jonathan's life of a con artist catching up with him, communicating with his son through letters for the most parts of his life, never meeting up. Growing up alone with his mom Julianne Moore , one might think this is yet another dysfunctional family story, but Nick has a lot more to tell, baring his soul to recount the painful <more>
absence and hard fought reaching out to the only close relative he's got, and this journey is one that reminds us on blood being thicker than water, or alcohol for that matter here.Under the direction of Paul Weisz, whose filmography included vulgar flicks like American Pie and The Little Fockers, which of course also starred De Niro, it was great that this film gets more closely aligned with his other narratively powerful films like About a Boy and In Good Company. While the book by Nick Flynn had a whole host of styles adopted in its various chapters, Weisz tried to capture the same essence in adopting different points of views in this film, as well as to lightly touch it with some comedy. But what it had set its sights on, is to bring out the pain of having to not grow up with a dad present and to be brought up by a single mom, and the struggles one has to experience as an aimless drifter until something clicked, and one puts the foot down to embark on a determined change of lifestyle.There were elements that I enjoyed in this film, one of which is the parallels drawn between the father and son's lives, both seemingly getting from bad to worse with nary a roof over their heads, and the dependence on substance abuse as a vice, be it the bottle or drugs, in the hope that these will help alleviate the severe discomfort brought on by not being able to have ambitions developed and met. Like father, like son, each of them dreams of making it big one day as a successful writer, but like the chip off the old block, this potential rarely got realized when their lives continue to be at the doldrums.It provides an inspiration to those of us who deem it impossible to pursue our dreams for a variety of reasons, and while it delivers that awkward feeling of having to reconnect with someone related to by blood, especially if that's a mom or a dad, it pushes anyone caught in similar dilemmas into the same direction of reconciliation, for bygones to be bygones, and that there's nothing more powerful than having to rediscover relations that once was, or even never had begun. Weisz adopted a rather fractured narrative, that tells of the present day with Nick and Jonathan's crossing of paths when the latter gets kicked out of his apartment, and having to live on and off in the homeless shelter his son volunteers in, and interspersed that with Nick's memories of the days being brought up by mom through a series of flashbacks, seen through a relatively innocent prism of a young boy growing up in harsh times.Subplots came and went without much fanfare, such as Nick's on-off romantic relationship with Denise Olivia Thirlby , a co-worker at the shelter, and we don't really get to know the other co-workers with any depth other than they each come with issues but are volunteering time at the shelter. But there are moments that sneak in, to make you pause and take stock about whether similar situations with the homeless do exist in our own country, and wonder just what is being done, by others as well as ourselves, in contributing to make some change for the better, whether donation in terms of time, or in kind. And not to mention how bullies often target those without support that will make one seethe at the senseless violence dished out.Robert De Niro continues to prove to be a dramatic tour de force in putting up another fine performance as the cranky, and what I thought to be proud, man who thinks rather highly of his non-existent talent, and subtly shows how Jonathan is actually very proud of the son he should have made contact with many years ago. Paul Dano may have perfected playing laid back characters, but perhaps having to act opposite a veteran such as De Niro forced him to up his game as well, resulting in a natural chemistry between the two that carried the film from start to end. Recommended, with an eclectic soundtrack serving as a bonus.
A great movie with a good De Niro performance, but Dano really steals the movie. The ending is absolutely perfect. I say A- (by cosmo_tiger)
"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 <more>
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-.
How much we inherit from our parents doesn't necessary make us become who we really are. Some might take pride into extending the tradition while others might fight against any residue of similarity to prove otherwise."Being Flynn" is a beautiful drama based on a true story of survival and search for one's self. It is tragically positive as we grow with the character of Paul Dano, very nicely played, to discover new possibilities are always possible when you put your mind to it, navigating through your troubles and finding strength and determination within yourself. De Niro <more>
is absolutely amazing as an estranged father who thinks highly of himself, in spite of all his shortcomings. It's a rewarding experience that delivers a good message of the importance of finding out who you are and validating your existence.