The Flamingo Kid (1984)
Set in 1963, this film finds 18-year-old Brooklynite Matt Dillon getting a taste of the Good Life by joining several of his friends at a swank Long Island beach club. Wealthy car salesman Richard Crenna secures him a good job at the club, which troubles Dillon's down-to-earth father.
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Critic Reviews for The Flamingo Kid
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.
Audience Reviews for The Flamingo Kid
I don't know if it's because I'm not a fan of Dillon like some other people who reviewed this film, but I didn't think his performance was so great. I just couldn't get into this movie, and found it boring.More
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