Being Flynn

Rated R 102 minutes 2012

If you can tolerate the studied ethereality of Paul Dano, you may consider this tale of dashed dreams a real return to form for writer-director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Certainly it gives Robert De Niro his juiciest part in many years: as the dissolute Jonathan Flynn, who considers himself the greatest writer since Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger, he rants and raves in high style (he even drives a taxi). Eventually he winds up at the doorstep of a homeless shelter where the son he deserted long ago (Dano) has begun to find fitful meaning in life through caring for others, not to mention good sex with a generous but tough-minded colleague (Olivia Thirlby). Weitz adapted Nick Flynn's memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, the title of which gives a much better idea of the movie's resolute bitterness. With Julianne Moore and Lili Taylor.

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Official Site: focusfeatures.com/being_flynn

Director: Paul Weitz

Producer: Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano, Michael Costigan, Jane Rosenthal, Meghan Lyvers, Kerry Kohansky, Caroline Baron and Nick Flynn

Cast: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby, Eddie Rouse, Steve Cirbus, Lili Taylor, Victor Rasuk, Liam Broggy, Chris Chalk, Wes Studi, Thomas Middleditch, Sarah Quinn, Benjamin Foronda and Dale Dickey

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