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Win Win (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sport  |  15 April 2011 (USA)
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A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life.


(as Thomas McCarthy)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Delfino
Stemler (as David Thompson)
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Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty (Giamatti), who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy's mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In the game of life, you can't lose 'em all.


Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gagnant gagnant  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$464,420 (USA) (25 March 2011)


$10,179,275 (USA) (15 July 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alex Shaffer was indeed the New Jersey state high school wrestling champion the year before the film was made. However, he had to quit the sport due to a back injury. See more »


When the team is on the bus heading to a match, they are going from their school in NJ to another school in NJ. However, the shot of the road they are driving down is in Rockville Centre, Long Island, NY (one of the admitted locations where the movie was filmed). In traveling from one school in NJ to another school in NJ, there would be absolutely no reason to pass through LI. See more »


Jackie Flaherty: You're gonna talk to her, right?
Mike Flaherty: Yes, I intend to, if you don't punch her out first.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Written by Tom Keane
Performed by Johnny Jacobs and His Campaign Combo
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"Win Win" is a Winner!
17 April 2011 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Like enduring friendships, "Win Win" grows and deepens as it unfolds. The characters become more dear, the laughs get louder and the plot thickens.

Writer, director Thomas McCarthy (who also wrote and directed one of my all time favorite movies, "The Station Agent") has created a group of characters as strange and wonderful as real people, but with better lines. Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan are perfect. New-comer Alex Shaffer as a troubled teen wrestler creates a whole new kind of cool. Bobby Cannavale (also from "The Station Agent) sparkles in every scene.

If you want to see writing, directing and acting at it's best go see "Win Win." You'll win too.

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