Comedy Drama - This fact-based dramedy is a major showcase for its two stars, Robert
De Niro and Paul Dano. Julianne Moore fans may be disappointed by her
very limited screen time. Language, drugs, sex, and overall mature
subject matter make the film inappropriate for kids, who would not be
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 10 S-words; 1 GD; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex and unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Hits and beatings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, cocaine, crack, marijuana. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic lines; dark humor; drug humor.
USA TodayFull Review Average Being Flynn dishes out plenty of misery, but never satisfies by delving beneath the surface.
NY PostFull Review Below Average Sadly, De Niro's Jonathan delivers a more accurate critique of "Being Flynn" when he tells a fellow street crazy who thinks he's being filmed, "That would be one boring, redundant piece-of-s - - t movie.''
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Nick Flynn Paul Dano) is a young writer seeking to define himself. He misses his late mother,
Jody (Julianne Moore), and her loving nature. But his father,
Jonathan, is not even a memory, as Nick has not seen the man in 18 years.
Jonathan Flynn (Robert De Niro) has long defined
himself as a great writer, "a master storyteller." After abandoning his wife and
Jonathan scrapes through life on his own terms, and ends up serving time in
cashing forged checks. After prison, he drives a cab for a number of years, but
drinking and eccentricities now accelerating, he loses his job. Despite the
grandiose letter to his son, he has remained absent from Nick's life.
Suddenly facing eviction from his apartment, Jonathan impulsively reaches out to
and the two come face-to-face. The older man is eloquent and formidable;
overwhelmed, Nick nonetheless prepares to integrate his father into his own
life. But, as
quickly as he materialized, Jonathan flits away again.
Moving on, Nick takes a job at a homeless shelter, where he learns from Captain
Studi) and Joy (Lili Taylor) how to relate to the guests who arrive night after
the homeless - some permanently, some temporarily so - and hearing their
finds purpose in his own life and work. He also sustains a romance with a
Denise (Olivia Thirlby). Then one night, Jonathan arrives, seeking a bed, and
of self and compassion falter. To give the two of them a shot at a real future,
have to decide whom to seek redemption for first.