Being Flynn

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Being Flynn
Being flynn poster.jpg
Directed by Paul Weitz
Produced by Michael Costigan
Andrew Miano
Screenplay by Paul Weitz
Based on Another Bullshit Night in Suck City 
by Nick Flynn
Starring Robert De Niro
Paul Dano
Olivia Thirlby
Julianne Moore
Music by Badly Drawn Boy
Cinematography Declan Quinn
Edited by Joan Sobel
Distributed by Focus Features
Release dates
  • March 2, 2012 (2012-03-02)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $540,152

Being Flynn is a 2012 American drama film starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano, released in select theatres in the United States on March 2, 2012.[1] It was based on Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, a memoir by Nick Flynn.


The film follows the story of twenty-something Nick Flynn (Paul Dano), who hopes to be a writer. He has an absent father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro), who considers himself a great writer and who hasn't seen Nick in years. The movie deals centrally with this strained relationship, but also with Nick's remembrances of his childhood with his now-deceased mother, Jody (Julianne Moore), and interactions with friend/lover, Denise (Olivia Thirlby).



Being Flynn received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 53% based on 74 reviews.[2] On Metacritic, the film received a 53% rating based on 27 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]

Many critics praised De Niro's performance.[4][5] Roger Ebert stated that "to summon up his most iconic role must represent De Niro's faith in this film".[6] Richard Roeper said "De Niro returns to genius form in 'Being Flynn'."[7]


  1. ^ "Being Flynn | A Focus Features Film | Movie Overview". Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  2. ^ Being Flynn at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ Being Flynn at Metacritic
  4. ^ "The taxi driver is back in 'Being Flynn'". 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  5. ^ Rick Groen. "Being Flynn: De Niro's mugging again, but he still has the chops". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  6. ^ Haws, Marie (2013-06-19). "Being Flynn Movie Review & Film Summary (2012) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  7. ^ "Being Flynn Review". 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 

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