Memoirs are a funny thing, both in the written form and on the big screen. Between controversies over the truthfulness of past high-profile memoirs, or the resulting reader and critic fatigue of an over-crowded marketplace, writing a memoir and actually getting it to the big screen is a very, very tricky thing. That’s why it is nice to see author Nick Flynn’s inspiring memoir, “Another Bulls*!t Night in Suck City,” make it to the big screen.
BEING FLYNN,based on Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir, “Another Bulls*!t Night in Suck City,” opened last week in limited release, but expands this Friday, March 16 in theatres across the U.S. Academy Award-nominated writer-director Paul Weitz (ABOUT A BOY) directs this portrait of fathers and sons. The film follows Nick Flynn (Paul Dano of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, THERE WILL BE BLOOD) who is shocked to have his eccentric and long-absent father, Jonathan (two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro) reach out to him unexpectedly, when their paths cross in a homeless shelter where the younger Flynn volunteers. Still feeling the loss of his mother (played in flashbacks by Julianne Moore), and in the midst of starting a new relationship with Denise (JUNO’s Olivia Thirlby), the last person Nick wants to see is his father. Slowly, Nick comes to realize he has been given the chance to make a real future not only for himself, but for his struggling father too.
Moviegoers are saying this is one of De Niro’s best performances in years. Get a look at the film in the trailer below, and also check out this really nice interview from NPR with the film’s director, Paul Weitz, and Nicky Flynn, who talk to Fresh Air’s Dave Davies about the themes of the film.