Being Flynn

March 2nd 2012
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 102 min,
  • Focus Features
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby, Eddie Rouse, Steve Cirbus, Lili Taylor, Victor Rasuk, Liam Broggy, Chris Chalk, Wes Studi, Michael Gibson, Thomas Middleditch, Dale Dickey, Billy Wirth, Kelly McCreary, Deidre O'Connell, Katherine Waterston, Jane Lee, Victor Pagan, Rony Clanton, Michael Buscemi, William Sadler, Joseph Prioleau, Jeff Ware
  • Director: Paul Weitz
  • Writers: Paul Weitz, Nick Flynn
  • Producers: Michael Costigan, Andrew Miano, Paul Weitz
  • Co Producer: Dan Balgoyen
  • Executive Producers: Caroline Baron, Kerry Kohansky, Meghan Lyvers, Jane Rosenthal
  • Art Direction: Ryan Heck
  • Casting: Joseph Middleton
  • Costume Design: Aude Bronson-Howard
  • D.O.P.: Declan Quinn
  • Editor: Joan Sobel
  • Makeup: Carla White
  • Music: Damon Gough
  • Production Design: Sarah Knowles
  • Set Decoration: Susan Perlman


"Being Flynn" is the new dramatic feature from writer/director Paul Weitz ("About a Boy"). Adapted from Nick Flynn's 2004 memoir "Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City," the movie explores bonds both unbreakable and fragile between parent and child. Paul Dano ("Little Miss Sunshine," "There Will Be Blood") portrays Nick Flynn, a young writer seeking to define himself. He misses his late mother, Jody (Julianne Moore), and her loving nature.

But his father, Jonathan, is not even a memory, as Nick has not seen the man in 18 years. Jonathan Flynn (Robert De Niro) has long defined himself as a great writer, "a master storyteller." Suddenly facing eviction from his apartment, Jonathan impulsively reaches out to Nick and the two come face-to-face.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • MPAA Warning: Language throughout, some sexual content, drug use, and brief nudity
  • Production Companies: Focus Features, Depth of Field, Corduroy Films, Tribeca Productions

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2012 Guide Analysis: "An adaptation of playwright Nick Flynn's 2004 memoir "Another Bullsh*t Night In Suck City", the story follows a young writer (Dano) who goes to work at a Boston homeless shelter only to encounter his long-absent father - a con man and self-proclaimed poet (De Niro).

Helmer Paul Weitz's works have gone either way in the past so it's no guarantee of quality with this decidedly art house looking tale of a son both wanting to both reunite with and yet not become his father. However with Flynn's memoir as the source material, and a top notch cast led by De Niro doing what looks like his first serious role in god knows how long, there is good reason to check this out."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 19 April 2012: Hungary
  • 3 May 2012: Greece
  • 10 May 2012: Singapore
  • 26 September 2012: Belgium
  • 27 September 2012: Netherlands