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Being Flynn [Blu-ray] (2012)

Robert De Niro , Paul Dano , Paul Weitz  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007VXT9SS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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    28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    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 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "A POWERFULLY MOVING PORTRAIT OF FATHERS AND SONS!" July 12, 2012
    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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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful expose of the non-1%... February 19, 2013
    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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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded With Great Acting and Dark Humor February 16, 2013
    This movie is supremely thought-provoking within the arenas of father-son relationships, mental illness, homelessness, self-aggrandizement and the pathetic reality of unfulfilled lives and failure. Anyone who understands dark humor and films such as "Bad Lieutenant Port of New Orleans" will love this one and the acting that facilitates understanding its powerful messages. Those who are turned off by dark humor will see only the heartache, loneliness, depression and despair exquisitely and painfully depicted in "Being Flynn."
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    This is a highly combustible relationship movie about a belligerent, grandiose thinking and extremely angry father who was never there and the neglected son who vacillates between trying to care and totally giving up on him. Smartly directed by Paul Weitz and richly adapted from Nick Flynn's own memoir of "Another Bulls*** Night in Suck City". The film gives a darkly atmospheric account of the homeless in the city and an apprehensive opportunity to view this painful and excruciatingly real part of life.

    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 Moore 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 a father; a stockpile of letters has kept him in touch, in any regard, with Jonathan .

    Jonathan Flynn is a caustically volatile, alcohol-dependent, and, during many intervals, 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 a pervasive mental illness afflicting him which goes unexplored. With this being said, his father is also a witty man adding a comedic side to him which adds to an otherwise high-pressure life for Nick.

    Jonathan has a flight of topics running in revolutions in his mind and constantly shouts these same statements; "I am one of the three great American writers" (equating himself to J.D. Salinger and also Mark Twain), "Life is gathering information", and "Soon I shall be known" as he speaks of the masterpiece he is writing and it's obvious importance.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Good acting as always with De Niro and Dana makes ...
    A young man, who has issues of his own, runs into his father that he hasn't seen in years and finds out his father is living on the street. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Sally Jones
    5.0 out of 5 stars CANT GET BETTER!
    Movie that bends the definition of family and unconditional love !
    Published 20 days ago by Gregory T. Laliberte
    2.0 out of 5 stars Want a tour of a homeless shelter, rent this film.
    Unrelentingly depressing. Mental health, poverty, desertion, old age, homeless shelter -- it's all here. We lasted for half the film, and then sufficiently depressed, gave it up.
    Published 1 month ago by Gigi
    The film starts out with two subplots and first person narrations. Jonathan Flynn (Robert De Niro), cab driver, ex-con fancies himself a writer. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by The Movie Guy
    3.0 out of 5 stars See for Robert De Niro's Compelling Performance
    Paul Dano (impressive in “Prisoners”) plays Nick Flynn, a young aspiring writer working in a shelter for the homeless in Boston. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Tsuyoshi
    5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I'm not Flynn
    Very powerful movie. I was so unnerved by it, I felt uncomfortable for days... very good acting and very credible theme. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by James S. Haberer
    4.0 out of 5 stars De Niro and Paul Dano are great together
    If you haven't seen this movie I don't think you'll be disappointed if you just buy it anyway. Can't go wrong with Amazon's prices. Highly recommended if you like dark dramas.
    Published 5 months ago by hebrokeastring
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
    De Niro is as usual ...On his game.
    This is not your typical predictable film. very intriguing and well worth watching.
    Highly recommended.
    Published 6 months ago by Bob
    5.0 out of 5 stars hi
    it was a good movie thought the father was a bit loony at first great movie and there was nothing wrong
    Published 6 months ago by adamthecollector
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really a great, underrated film.
    This movie was rated as kind of... meh. Personally, I really enjoyed it. DeNiro was on point, Dano was great as a haunted aspiring writer, and the subjects of family, substance... Read more
    Published 8 months ago by D. Lee
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