The Flamingo Kid (1984)
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Set in 1963, The Flamingo Kid finds 18-year-old Brooklynite Matt Dillon, the son of blue-collar Hector Elizondo, getting a taste of the Good Life by joining several of his friends at "El Flamingo", a swank Long Island beach club. Wealthy car salesman Richard Crenna, the uncle of Matt's girl friend Janet Jones, befriends the boy and takes him under his wing. Thanks to Crenna's influence, Matt secures a good job at the Flamingo. The boy is bedazzled by Crenna's sumptuous lifestyle, and most
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Dillon does a good job in his fullest, least narcissistic characterization to date.
The performances compensate, with Dillon turning in a light and touching portrait of confused ambitions.
Even if The Flamingo Kid comes out of sit-com country, the character and the performance effortlessly rise above their origins.
As coming-of-age stories go, this one is an underrated treasure with Dillon and Crenna doing fantastic work.
Winning comedy about a have-not among the haves.
The Flamingo Kid is one of those rare films that follows a traditional method of coming-of-age storytelling and then shakes it up by not dealing us mere caricatures and stereotypes.
The Sixties setting seems a shade gratuitous and its attitude to easy money is ambiguous, but the characters are well drawn and the story is sensitively handled.
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