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Being Flynn
Being Flynn

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Robert De Niro, Paul Dano
Mar 02, 2012
R, 1 hr. 42 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby, Eddie Rouse, Steve Cirbus, Lili Taylor, Victor Rasuk, Liam Broggy, Chris Chalk
Director: Paul Weitz
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.
Genre: Drama
Theater Release: Mar 02, 2012
DVD Release: Jul 10, 2012
Synopsis: Writer-director Paul Weitz turns his hand to this moving portrait of fathers and sons. Based on a true story, Being Flynn follows Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) who is shocked to have his eccentric and long-absent father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro) reach out to him unexpectedly. Still feeling the loss of his mother (played in flashbacks by Julianne Moore) in the midst of starting a new relationship with Denise (Olivia Thirlby), the last person Nick wants to see is his father. But you can't outrun fate and slowly Nick comes to realize he has been given the chance to make a real future not only for himself, but for his struggling father too. -- (C) Focus

Critic Reviews

  • Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    It's been ages since De Niro tackled a character as rich and challenging as this, and he tackles it head-on.
  • Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves.
  • Rafer Guzman, Newsday
    Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast.
  • Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
    I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite.
  • Peter Howell, Toronto Star
    Heads downward in every sense of the word.
  • John Hartl, Seattle Times
    For a movie that deals with suicide, homelessness and cocaine addiction, writer-director Paul Weitz's latest family drama feels strangely bland.
  • Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
    What's so satisfying about Weitz films like this one is how his lost boys and lost adults find themselves in the awkward dance of intimacy.
  • Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
    The story is gripping, compelling. One wonders what De Niro might have done with such a role 30, 35 years ago.
  • Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
    A little more nuance would benefit the film, which eventually starts to feel belabored, even bleak.
  • Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
    A handful of acting moments aside, "Being Flynn" is a drama without much in the way of rewards.
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