Movie Review: BEING FLYNN

BEING FLYNN is a strong, serious drama about the troubled relationship between a homeless, alcoholic, unpublished writer (Robert De Niro) and his depressed adult son that he hasn't seen for 18 years.

The movie deals with big issues. How much influence does even an absent father have over the life of his son? And what must the son do to become his own man?

De Niro is the massively deluded writer, Jonathan Flynn. Though he's never been published, he thinks he's America's best writer after Mark Twain and J. D. Salinger.
Paul Dano (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) is his son, Nick Flynn, a depressed young man who takes a job in a homeless shelter where one cold night, who should show up but his father looking for a place to get out of the cold.

Jonathan Flynn may be intelligent and good with words but he's also an alcoholic who spent time in prison for forging checks. Nick's mother is no longer living and he has no idea how to deal with his father.

Father (looking at a photo of Nick's mother): I know if she was still alive today, we'd be together...Such a tragic accident.

Son: What accident?

Father: What accident! The accident that cut her life short.

Son: That wasn't an accident. She left a note.

Father: Did it mention me?
Julianne Moore plays the mother and wife who took her own life. She is seen in flashbacks.
Nick feels responsible for his mother's suicide. and like his father he struggles with addictions. The father and son have some intense confrontations.

Obviously, this  is heavy duty drama. Based on a true story, BEING FLYNN doesn't make for an evening of light entertainment.
But if you appreciate intense emotional conflict and a realistic look at life in a homeless shelter, you should see this uncompromising film.