Welcome back to season 6 of Find That Film! And to kick things off, here’s a coming of age summer film from 1984 starring Matt Dillon called The Flamingo Kid. Matt Dillon through the 80s was known for being a broody, wrong side of the tracks pretty boy, and in The Flamingo Kid, he plays Jeffrey, a good card player who can spot an opportunity and exploit it without coming off like a complete douchebag. The difference here is that Jeffrey is a likeable man who isn’t up to his neck in angst.
Back home, Jeffery’s father Arthur (a delightful Hector Elizondo) is disappointed in some of his son’s choices, but isn’t the overbearing Brooklyn father stereotype we were normally presented with through the 70s and 80s, and it is a wonder to behold. Richard Crenna plays the man Jeffrey would like to become, even if he’s a total prick…like Richard Crenna was good at portraying. The Flamingo Kid has a lot going on in it…more than can be gone into here. So hear what we have to say about it, and then find that Garry Marshall film. If you like the slice of life that Happy Days was, check out a slightly more grown up version of it in The Flamingo Kid.