Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) re-encounters his father (Robert De Niro), a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.
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I like Paul Weitz and I liked the circumstances under which I saw this movie, but the movie wasn't perfect. There were some strange stylistic choices... that said, the performances were all really great, especially De Niro. Worth the watch.
A depressing, believable slice of life, that doesn't quite feel compelling enough for a movie. The performances are strong, but ultimately I just didn't like the characters or care about their lives. For a movie about writers there wasn't a whole lot about the creative struggle. It's based on a real writer's life and if the excerpts from the movie are any indication I don't care for his writing either.
Patterns of self-destruction and self-deception and delusions and identity swirl and collide messily. Not always a successful story but, with the risks it takes and the dark places it explores and the performances it draws out, close is pretty darned good.