The Flamingo Kid
The Flamingo Kid (1984)

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.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 21, 1984
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2000
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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

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Andre Sennwald
New York Times

Even if The Flamingo Kid comes out of sit-com country, the character and the performance effortlessly rise above their origins.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Winning comedy about a have-not among the haves.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The performances compensate, with Dillon turning in a light and touching portrait of confused ambitions.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Professionally made, quite entertaining, and disappointingly hollow.

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Erik Childress
Apollo Guide

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Dillon is a revelation in this movie.

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Dan Fienberg

As coming-of-age stories go, this one is an underrated treasure with Dillon and Crenna doing fantastic work.


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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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
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… More
Cassie Hill
This movie is funny,and cute,and Matt Dillion is so ADORABLE!!!