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‘Being Flynn’ Movie Review

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 07/11/2012

Being Flynn‘Being Flynn’ starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, and Julianne Moore Movie Review. ‘Being Flynn’ was released on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.

In the movie “Being Flynn” Robert De Niro does an incredible job of playing a homeless man, struggling writer, and distant father to his son, Nick, played by Paul Dano. Jonathan Flynn (De Niro), father of Nick Flynn (Dano), constantly remarks that he should write a book about his life called, “Memoirs of a Moron” each time he reflects on the sad state that he’s found himself in.

Robert De Niro did such an incredible job of playing a homeless person that in real life he was turned away from the infamous Greenwich Hotel (which he happens to co-own) because he was not recognized by the security staff at the hotel.

The story of Jonathan Flynn and his son, Nick Flynn is an incredible story, and I think that anyone can relate to the many themes throughout ‘Being Flynn.’ Whether you have gone through difficult family or personal issues of your own, I can almost guarantee that you will shed a tear. The movie gives a very realistic depiction of homelessness, drug addiction, suicide, criminality, and single parenting. But don’t worry; ‘Being Flynn‘ has plenty of humor and amazing dialogue to give you a break between the emotional parts.Being Flynn

Julianne Moore plays the role of single mom, Jody Flynn, and does a great job of showing a wide array of emotions in the role. She has a lot of fun with her son, Nick Flynn, and always has funny, cute responses when he asks questions. But we soon realize that Jody Flynn is experiencing a lot of emotional pain as a result of her situation.

What really stands out for me in this movie is the quick descent into homelessness that the character played by Robert De Niro displays. We are reminded that one car accident, one major health problem, or mental illness could take away all financial freedoms.

Without completely ruining the story, Jonathan Flynn loses everything when he gets drunk and crashes his taxi. He ends up running into his son, Nick Flynn, when he has to check into the local homeless shelter, The Harbor Street Inn. We all have our own personal views on homelessness, but this movie really helps us all to explore the deeper causes of homelessness.

Thankfully I can tell you that this movie ends up with a fairly happy ending. Well at least as happy as you could expect with a crazy, alcoholic father. I highly recommend this movie particularly because of the incredible acting of Robert De Niro.

De Niro’s comedy was priceless as he told the shelter, “Up Yours Harbor Street” or told numerous people to “f#%ing shut up!.” De Niro also did a tremendous job of providing narcissistic quotes, such as “America has produced only three classic writers: Mark Twain, J.D. Salinger, and me.” The dialogue, especially that of De Niro, is breathtaking. Even when you expect that he is going to be found dead on the streets, he wakes up and responds in a very animated manner.

From a psychological perspective, I think that ‘Being Flynn’ was very accurate in its portrayal of  drug abuse, self-help groups, and homelessness. ’Being Flynn’ also explores the fact that you can’t choose your family, but you have to do the best with what you have. I recommend ’Being Flynn’ particularly because of the incredible acting within it.

 ’Being Flynn’ Trailer Starring Robert De Niro:


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