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Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore give powerhouse performances in this compelling exploration of the unbreakable yet fragile bonds between parent and child, written and directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Nick Flynn (Dano) is a young writer seeking to define himself. His father Jonathan (De Niro), 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 in this “undeniably powerful” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) adaptation of Nick Flynn’s award-winning memoir Another Bull$%!* Night in Suck City.

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    • Actors: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, Eddie Rouse
    • Directors: Paul Weitz
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: All Regions
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Focus Features
    • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
    • Run Time: 102 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B007VXT9SS
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Robert De Niro does some of the best acting he's done in quite awhile.
    J from NY
    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
    We lasted for half the film, and then sufficiently depressed, gave it up.

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    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 Bulls__t 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 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.
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2012
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    Based on a true story, this remarkable involving journey of relationships between fathers and sons captures your attention immediately. One father, Robert DeNiro, trys to reach out and bond with his son that he hasn't seen for a long time. His son is still feeling the loss of his mother, and trying to enter into a romantic relationship with his girlfriend. The last thing the boy wants to see is his father. This is an emotional drama as well as a comedy. Serious moments and funny moments. One young man is hurting emotionally as his father continues to struggle. The film portrays a second chance in life, inspiration, and a step forward in faith. Great acting performance, especially with De Niro, bittersweet story,and an emotional roller-coaster ride. I'd watch this again. Highly Entertaining And Highly Recommended!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Fechter on September 1, 2012
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    This is a highly combustible relationship movie about a belligerent, grandiose thinking and extremely angry father who was never there for his child and his neglected son who vacillates between trying to care and totally giving up on him. The story is based in truth then richly adapted from Nick Flynn's own Memoir, "Another Bulls**t Night in Suck City". Smartly directed by Paul Weitz, the film gives a darkly atmospheric account of the homeless in Boston during the winter months and an apprehensive opportunity to view this painful and excruciatingly real part of life on the streets.

    Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) has been raised by his young mother, Jody (Julianne Moore), who committed suicide when Nick was 22 years old. Any scenes with Jody are seen while Nick is returning back to his memories of her. His father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro), had left his family much earlier and was divorced by Jody. Nick grew up never knowing his father, but for a stockpile of letters which has kept him in touch in any regard with Jonathan. All he knew of his father was scribbled onto pages and saved by a young Nick.

    Jonathan Flynn is a caustic, volatile, alcohol-dependent, and during many intervals an arguably delusional man. Marked throughout with problematic behavior, he becomes severely and physically abusive towards his downstairs neighbors. His landlord at the time must evict him. There may be an underlying mental illness afflicting Jonathan which goes unexplored. With this said, his father is also a witty man having a sharp comedic side which adds to an otherwise high-pressure situation between Nick and Jonathan.

    Jonathan has flights of topics running in revolutions in his mind.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By joebuzz1 on February 19, 2013
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    This is a film that dwells in the real street level of people barely holding on. Never blaming or criticizing, it holds its' characters accountable for their own actions, even by the supporting cast of characters within the film. Within the film we see the bottom of human depths and dependancy and the frail social, public and governmental resources available to allay and defray those depths of suffering. And in almost every case they fail. What the fervent, religious and grotesquely optimistic can never fathom is the loss of all hope. The absolute and irreversible knowledge that we have done all that we can, and that even more poignant, we know it is not enough. Nick Flynn’s mother falls into this category. His father falls into the category of a force of nature that while irresistible is still horribly broken and unforgiving. And yet he is the one who survives and as the last scene of the film provides has made some small acquiescence to, maybe not the nature of his own flesh and blood, but to the very nature of humanity to expound, nurture and forgive. And finally to the mercurial Olivia Thirlby, who has once again put herself into another beautiful film of somewhat flawed but hopeful and redemptive human decency.
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