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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 (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, Eddie Rouse
  • Directors: Paul Weitz
  • Format: 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007VXT9SS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,339 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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26 of 27 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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story of Human Resilience July 14, 2012
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I haven't read Nick Flynn's memoir yet, but it's at the top of my list now. While I'm sure this movie abbreviates Flynn's struggles, it amazes me how much one person can endure and still come out the other side with such a wonderful work of art. Anyone who has dealt with the trauma of a lost parent, a mentally ill parent and the suffocating voids they leave must see this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Heartbreaking October 21, 2012
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The story was so interesting and the characters were perfectly played. I could not believe Robert De Niro playing a down-in-out hobo-type person. So believeable and heartbreaking. Paul Dano was great as the frustrated and tortured son. The scenes in and around the homeless and homeless shelter were so realistic and raw - worth the price of the movie alone! This is one of the best movies I have rented on and I could not believe that I never heard of it before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 20 days 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Bob
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 4 months ago by D. Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars being homeless and freezing
Being Flynn is a pretty realistic portrayal of the homeless, which is probably not supposed to be the main drawing point of the movie but nonetheless, it's the aspect that stuck... Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. E Jackson
1.0 out of 5 stars B O R I N G ! ! ! ! ! ! !
De Niro being as poor as depicted in 'Being Flynn' would explain why he took this vacuous role, as well as his unimpressive acting in it. But, of course, he's not. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Loyd E. Eskildson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a surprise.
Another movie starring Deniro as a let down. Horrible story line. Boring. I love Mr. Deniro's performance no matter what he is in, but he is accepting roles in lousy movies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Scott Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Is Gathering Material For Your Memoirs
Jonathan Flynn(Robert DeNiro) announces himself to audience as a writer on the level of Mark Twain. Conveniently he omits to mention that he did a stretch for passing bad checks,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by David Baldwin
Loved this and got extras for family members. DeNiro was even better here (I think) than in "Silver Linings . . " where he was also terrific. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Micole D.
3.0 out of 5 stars Being Flyn (Blu Ray)
Did not realize that Robert De Nero played those sorts of parts. My wife and I are terrific fans of Robert De Nero we have just about all of ther Movies he has made.
Published 12 months ago by Eric Branchflower
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