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The Flamingo Kid (1984)

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100

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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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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Drama, Comedy

Feb 8, 2000

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (2) | DVD (4)

Dillon does a good job in his fullest, least narcissistic characterization to date.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The performances compensate, with Dillon turning in a light and touching portrait of confused ambitions.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Dillon is a revelation in this movie.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Even if The Flamingo Kid comes out of sit-com country, the character and the performance effortlessly rise above their origins.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Professionally made, quite entertaining, and disappointingly hollow.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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As coming-of-age stories go, this one is an underrated treasure with Dillon and Crenna doing fantastic work.

January 6, 2006
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Winning comedy about a have-not among the haves.

October 28, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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.

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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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.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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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.
August 14, 2013
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