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
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 »
If he's Darth Vador, you're the Secret Apprentice.
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A rare drama comedy that's more focused on the drama side
Seeing Paul Giamatti who's famous of his comedic performances and dialogs, even in action movies, I expected a lot of goofy laughs in this movie. Well, what I got is a bit the contrary where the drama side about the themes of family issues, trusts issues and motivation and achievement issues is more focused and prevalent. But I won't say that I was disappointed because there are some enjoyable laughs in the one-liner dialogs and awkward settings. It's nice that the drama side is still prevalent even at the comedic moments. Aside from Giamatti, and maybe Cannivale, I didn't see any other special performances. Their performances are just enough to cover the crucial aspects of this movie. Bobby Cannivale did quite well on the sport scenes, although he should really work on his use of facial expressions.
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