It takes remarkable artistic cojones to open your film with Robert De Niro walking into a taxi-dispatch office, getting into a cab, and driving out onto the mean streets, but that’s exactly how director Paul Weitz chooses to open Being Flynn
. That decision forces us to make constant comparisons to Martin Scorsese’s iconic Taxi Driver
, and it does Weitz’s film a terrible disservice.
The movie actually stars Paul Dano as Nick Flynn, a young man in his twenties floundering his way through the big city who, after being dumped by his girlfriend for cheating on her, ends up working at a homeless shelter. His goal is to write, in part because his father...