Being Flynn

Being Flynn

DVD - 2012
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A compelling exploration of the unbreakable yet fragile bonds between parent and child. Nick Flynn is a young writer seeking to define himself. His father Jonathan, however, scrapes through life on his own terms and has not seen his son in 18 years. Taking a job at a homeless shelter, Nick finds purpose in his own life and work until one night Jonathan arrives seeking a bed. To give the two of them a shot at a real future, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out to his dad.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal, 2012
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Bein

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mikeedm
Mar 14, 2015

Skip this one, uninteresting waste of time....

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ncs1961
May 07, 2014

worth a look - It's apparently based on the true story of a young man who worked at a homeless shelter in Boston. The portrayal of a family in long lived pain rang true - no tidy answers here - just people trying to figure out what the heck is going on. Sometimes finding a glimmer of insight, sometimes feeling hopeful, sometimes not, mom, dad and child each lovable and frustrating in their own ways.

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Ellington4
Mar 30, 2014

This unusual father/son movie is strong, powerful and ultimately tender and haunting. Dealing forthrightly with homelessness, the movie is not very pretty, but it remains mesmerizing thanks to the directing and the terrific performances by Robert De Niro and Paul Dano. De Niro hasn't dug so deeply into a character for a long time, and he proves that he can still be a great actor. His character is perverse, wryly funny and frighteningly explosive. He's phoned in a lot of movies in recent years, and that's made us forget how good he can really be. He didn't use the cell phone for this one.

kevfarley Aug 21, 2013

Better than I thought it would be !

KittyMoonshine Apr 08, 2013

A precursor to his Silver Linings role perhaps. It has DeNiro so I give it 3 stars. Other than that there's not much else to day about this film.

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joseph
Feb 05, 2013

Good – Being Flynn (2012) 102 min. Starring Robert DeNiro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore. Honest, harrowing and heartbreaking look at homelessness through the eyes of both a father and son. The film is elevated through the shear expertise of Robert DeNiro as an actor, who plays the homeless man.

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neonkc
Jan 14, 2013

very good

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Eclectos
Jan 06, 2013

Both primary actors are very good. A sometimes painful account of a strained relationship between father and son.

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Monolith
Jan 01, 2013

The story's characters, although tragic, didn't garner any sympathy from me. De Niro's elder Flynn had an excuse to be unlikeable, with the racist rants, etcetera, but Dano wasn't likeable either. Or anyone else. I'm not sure if it was the writing, or the acting, or both. I just wasn't engaged.

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smurray13
Nov 10, 2012

A beautiful film.

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Monolith
Jan 01, 2013

Jonathan Flynn: "Perhaps I'll start a new book: "Memoirs of a Moron"."

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