The Flamingo Kid
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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 especially by the older man's reputation as the Flamingo's reigning gin… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dillon does a good job in his fullest, least narcissistic characterization to date."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Even if The Flamingo Kid comes out of sit-com country, the character and the performance effortlessly rise above their origins."
‑ Andre Sennwald, New York Times
"Winning comedy about a have-not among the haves."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The performances compensate, with Dillon turning in a light and touching portrait of confused ambitions."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Professionally made, quite entertaining, and disappointingly hollow."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Erik Childress, Apollo Guide
"Dillon is a revelation in this movie."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"As coming-of-age stories go, this one is an underrated treasure with Dillon and Crenna doing fantastic work."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
"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."
‑ , Film4
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