Being Flynn Trailer Explores Daddy Issues With Robert De Niro

By David Wharton 2011-11-14 17:09:53discussion comments
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They are two of Hollywood's favorite subjects: stories about writers and stories about daddy issues. Both subjects will be getting smashed together like PB&J in Being Flynn, a new drama starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Paul Dano, and Olivia Thirlby. It is not, despite what you might think, based on the autobiography of tech mogul and occasional cyberspace tourist Kevin Flynn. It's actually based on writer Nick Flynn's memoir, the amusingly titled Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, and it's being written and directed by Paul Weitz.

Dano stars as Nick, a young writer who volunteers at various homeless shelters in Boston. During one of those volunteer nights he is stunned to find himself looking into the face of his estranged -- and now homeless -- father, played by De Niro. The father was himself a brilliant writer, but his talent never translated into being a good father, leaving Nick with no shortage of issues to work over with the man who has unexpectedly rematerialized in his life in the least-expected way. Here's the trailer, and you can click over to Apple.com to watch it in full HD.


Being Flynn is a reunion for Weitz and De Niro, who previously worked together on the best-forgotten Little Fockers. Sadly, it's been a while since De Niro had a really worthwhile or memorable role, so perhaps the guise of troubled writer and terrible father Jonathan Flynn will change that and bring back some of the old De Niro magic. The trailer looks promising, but it will all come down to execution. Little Fockers aside, Weitz has penned some great movies over the years, including the Nick Hornby adaptation About a Boy and the underrated In Good Company. Hopefully Little Fockers was just to pay the mortgage and Being Flynn will see him, and De Niro, back in top form.

Being Flynn is scheduled to release in Spring 2012.


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