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.




  • Michael Stipe at an event for Being Flynn (2012)
  • Robert De Niro in Being Flynn (2012)
  • Olivia Thirlby at an event for Being Flynn (2012)
  • Paul Dano and Olivia Thirlby in Being Flynn (2012)
  • Robert De Niro and Paul Dano in Being Flynn (2012)
  • Paul Dano and Nick Flynn at an event for Being Flynn (2012)

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17 March 2013 | tlutzy
| Excellent movie that addresses difficult subject matter
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 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.

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