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Win Win -- In order to support his family, attorney Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) moonlights as a high school wrestling coach and assumes the guardianship on an elderly client (albeit not in the most honest fashion). Flaherty's fortunes begin to shine when the man's runaway grandson materializes, until the boy's mother appears, fresh from rehab, flat broke, and looking for an opportunity.
Win Win -- In this clip from Win Win, Jackie (Amy Ryan) vents some of her frustration.
Win Win -- Interview: "Alex Shaffer On Wrestling Vs. Acting"
Win Win -- Interview: "Amy Ryan On Working With Tom McCarthy"
Win Win -- Interview: "Paul Giamatti On His Character"


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Release Date:
20 May 2011 (Ireland) See more »
In the game of life, you can't lose 'em all.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Paul Giamatti ... Mike Flaherty

Amy Ryan ... Jackie Flaherty

Bobby Cannavale ... Terry Delfino

Jeffrey Tambor ... Stephen Vigman

Burt Young ... Leo Poplar

Melanie Lynskey ... Cindy

Alex Shaffer ... Kyle Timmons

Margo Martindale ... Eleanor

David W. Thompson ... Stemler (as David Thompson)
Mike Diliello ... Jimmy Reed

Nina Arianda ... Shelly
Marcia Haufrecht ... Gina Flaherty

Sharon Wilkins ... Judge Lee

Clare Foley ... Abby Flaherty
Penelope Kindred ... Stella Flaherty

Sophia Kindred ... Stella Flaherty

Tim Ransom ... Stuart Thatcher
Nicholas Somers ... BHS Coach
Jacqueline Brogan ... Woman Jogging

Marceline Hugot ... Woman #2 Jogging
Michael Goodwin ... Regional Ref
Earl Baker Jr. ... Staff Member
Edmund Ikeda ... Frank
Lilly ... Frank's Cat
Joseph Tiboni ... Steve Deluca / Principal
Edwin Thompson ... Ref
Pam Levine ... Church Soloist
Michael D. Davey ... Referee
Ann M. Hayes ... Betty
Rudy Lanzillotta III ... Kenny Randall
Christopher Lantz ... Kyle's Regional Opponent
Ryan Arnel ... Carol's Match #1 Opponent
Kevin Antero ... Kyle's Match #1 Opponent
Chris Sarro ... Zack Lowenstein's Match #4
Dante Porrazzo ... Stemler's Match #4 Masked Opponent

Dariusz M. Uczkowski ... Zachary Lowenstein (as Dariusz Uczkowski)
Chris Federlin ... Thomlinson
Nick Labarbera ... Korsic
Nicholas Lopez ... Anthony Pizzno
Quinn Krauer ... Kurt Vetner
Austin Ward ... Peter Molter
Jon Anderson ... Feeney (as Jonathan Anderson)
Delon Richards ... Dean Stol
Chris Loew ... Paul Bell aka Pill
Dean Shmuely ... Rew
John Goncalves ... Carlos
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Darren Goldstein ... Sheffield Coach
Natasha Tax ... Score Keeper
Alexander Baliev ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Jill DeMonstoy ... Wrestling Mom (uncredited)

Maria Di Angelis ... Martini (uncredited)
Tom McArdle ... Wrestling Match Announcer (uncredited)

Michael Morana ... Wrestling Coach (uncredited)

Cliff Moylan ... Contractor (uncredited)

Brian James Pepe ... Father of Wrestler (uncredited)
Bejay Rose ... Dad (uncredited)
Matthew Schuebel ... Wrestler (uncredited)

Joanna Theobalds ... Gina (uncredited)
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Directed by
Thomas McCarthy 
Writing credits
Thomas McCarthy (screenplay) (as Tom McCarthy)

Thomas McCarthy (story) (as Tom McCarthy) &
Joe Tiboni (story)

Produced by
Jacqueline Brogan .... co-producer
Lori Keith Douglas .... executive producer
Lisa Maria Falcone .... producer
Tom Heller .... executive producer
Michael London .... producer
Thomas McCarthy .... producer (as Tom McCarthy)
Mary Jane Skalski .... producer
Erica Tuchman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lyle Workman 
Cinematography by
Oliver Bokelberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tom McArdle 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
John Paino 
Art Direction by
Scott G. Anderson  (as Scott Anderson)
Set Decoration by
Amanda Carroll 
Costume Design by
Melissa Toth 
Makeup Department
Jill Oshry .... key makeup artist
Aaron F. Quarles .... hair department head
James Sarzotti .... makeup department head
Mark Schmidt .... key hair stylist
Jenai Chin .... tattoo designer (uncredited)
Joelle Troisi .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Christie Colliopoulos .... production supervisor
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Lori Keith Douglas .... unit production manager
Andrew Zolot .... production supervisor: additional photography/second unit (as Andy Zolot)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Apicella .... first assistant director (as Stephen X. Apicella)
Robert Lopez .... second second assistant director
Michael Pitt .... first assistant director: additional photography/second unit (as Mike Pitt)
Justin Ritson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kate Boyer .... painter
Tessa Brophy .... art department coordinator: additional photography/second unit
Lauren Burge .... art department production assistant
Paul Cheponis .... assistant set decorator
John J. Ciccimarro .... key carpenter (as John Ciccimarro)
Mark Davies .... charge scenic: additional photography/second unit
Eddie DeCurtis .... set dresser
Peter DeCurtis .... leadman
Peter DeCurtis .... set dresser
Neil Driscoll Jr. .... set dresser foreman
Isaac Gabaeff .... property master: additional photography/second unit
Courtlan Green .... scenic industrial
Mario Herrera .... charge scenic
Bruce Jordan .... shop electrician
Michael Kall .... foreman carpenter (as Mike Kall)
Mick Kolodgy .... camera scenic (as Mickey Kolodgy)
Marissa Kotsilimbas .... art department coordinator
Ed Koza .... foreman construction grip
Michael Marcel .... additional prop assistant (as Michael D. Marcel)
Dave McAllister .... key construction grip
George McCabe .... key construction grip
Myron Odegaard .... shop electrician (as Myron 'Mo' Odegaard)
Rebecca Perrenod .... scenic foreman
Kevin L. Raper .... graphic designer
Daniel Ritchel .... assistant property master
Christopher Rovira .... construction shop production assistant (as Chris Rovira)
Pierre Rovira .... construction coordinator
Kristy Sicurella .... set dresser
Mark Skversky .... set dresser
Greg Sullivan .... charge scenic
Marc Waters .... scenic foreman
Sabrina Wright .... property master
Shahar Yannay .... scenic industrial
Tim Zydel .... on-set dresser
David Cooney .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Mike Montgomery .... key construction grip (uncredited)
Bobby Roelofs .... set dresser (uncredited)
Maia Rose .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jamie Baker .... foley editor
Vince Camuto Sr. .... second boom operator (as Vince Reed Camuto)
Vince Camuto Sr. .... utility sound (as Vince Reed Camuto)
Damian Canelos .... sound mixer (as Damian E. Canelos)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Heather Gross .... assistant sound editor
Dan Guachione .... daily boom operator
Harry Higgins .... mix recordist
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hsu .... supervising sound editor
Matthew Kodner .... sound intern
Avi Laniado .... mix engineer
George A. Lara .... foley recording engineer (as George Lara)
Marissa Littlefield .... adr editor
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer (as Douglas L. Murray)
James Nichols .... dolby sound consultant
Silvana Pinto .... sound intern
Seth Tallman .... boom operator
Noah Timan .... sound mixer: additional photography/second unit
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phillip Beck .... special effects coordinator (as Phil Beck)
Mark Skversky .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Jake Braver .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Gelles .... visual effects executive producer: & Company
David Isyomin .... visual effects supervisor: & Company
Paul Bucossi .... utility stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Vic Bucossi .... utility stunts
Don Hewitt .... utility stunts (as Don Hewitt Sr.)
Chazz Menendez .... utility stunts
Gary Price .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Arisohn .... lamp operator
Joe Belschner .... dolly grip (as Joseph 'Earl' Belscher)
William Coleman .... camera operator: additional photography/second unit
Luis Colon .... company grip (as Luis 'Senior' Colon)
Ralph G. Crowley .... best boy electric (as Ralph F.S. Crowley)
Andy Day .... gaffer
Stanley Fernandez Jr. .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Stanley Fernandez)
Gavin Fernandez .... loader
Gavin Fernandez .... second assistant camera
Jamie Gallagher .... generator operator
Dennis Green .... 24 frame playback
Charlie Grubbs .... electrician
Charlie Grubbs .... rigging gaffer
Richard Guinness Jr. .... key grip (as Richard T. Guinness Jr.)
Nick Haines-Stiles .... grip
Kevin Haverty .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Wolfgang Held .... director of photography: second unit
Michael Hunold .... lamp operator
Nils Johnson .... video assistant
Christopher Liscinsky .... lamp operator (as Chris Liscinsky)
John J. Moers .... additional documentary cinematography
Eric Moynier .... camera operator: "b: camera
Jeff Panessa .... company grip (as Jeff 'Moon Pebble' Panessa)
Robbin Park .... company grip (as Robbin 'Kahuna' Park)
Brent Poleski .... best boy grip (as Brent 'Polecat' Poleski)
Austin Salisbury .... video assistant: additional photography/second unit
Howard Smith .... steadicam operator
Tim Smythe .... key grip: additional photography/second unit
Brian Spiegel .... camera production assistant
Kimberly Wright .... still photographer
Hamilton Longyear .... additional camera loader (uncredited)
Gerard Sava .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Steven Search .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Allison Estrin .... casting associate
Dann Fink .... adr voice casting
Michael Fredlund .... casting assistant
Sara Conte .... extras casting (uncredited)
Abigail Santos .... casting associate (uncredited)
David M. Waldron .... extras casting director (uncredited)
Bruce Winant .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Antonelli .... set costumer
Doreen Hoff .... costume coordinator
Caroline Quiroga .... assistant costume designer
Amy J. Smith .... costumer
Lawrence Tarzy .... set costumer (as Larry Tarzy)
Susan J. Wright .... costume supervisor
Shana Goldberger .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Yaneya Rovira .... costumer: additional photography (uncredited)
Malik Summers .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Craig Charland .... post-production assistant
Don Ciana .... color timer
Nate Davis .... film scanning
Kristyn DiPane .... dailies project manager
Kristyn DiPane .... digital intermediate producer
Jessica Elvin .... digital intermediate editor
Craig Ferrence .... film scanning
Charles Herzfeld .... post facility supervisor
Morgan Miller .... digital imaging
Patrick Rossi .... film scanning
Misako Shimizu .... first assistant editor
Daniel Silverman .... digital imaging
Andrew Still .... data manager
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Ed Walther .... colorist: dailies
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Victoria Anderson .... colorist assistant (uncredited)
Dave Pickett .... colorist (uncredited)
Richie Roefaro .... avid technician (uncredited)
Music Department
David Bianco .... scoring crew
Brianne-Adette Bogle .... music coordinator
John M. Davis .... music editor
Isha Erskine .... scoring crew
Steve Hardy .... scoring crew
Matt Laug .... musician: drums
Brian MacLeod .... musician: percussion, drums
Shinnosuke Miyazawa .... scoring crew
Zac Rae .... musician: keyboards
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Kevin Renwick .... composer: additional music
Damien Starkey .... composer: additional music
Jorge Velasco .... scoring crew
Patrick Warren .... musician: keyboards
E. Gedney Webb .... supervising music editor
Lyle Workman .... musician: guitar, bass, keyboards
Brian Deming .... additional music mixer (uncredited)
Peter Nashel .... composer: additional music, Duotone Audio Group (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Buckman .... driver
Jim Buckman .... transportation captain
Peter Connors .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Naomi Bombardi-Wilson .... assistant production coordinator
Oliver Brooks .... production assistant
Nicole Bukowski .... first assistant accountant
Renee Burke .... script supervisor
Cristal Calderon .... production assistant
George Camarda .... script supervisor: additional photography/second unit
Craig Charland .... assistant: Mr. McCarthy
Wendy Cohen .... research coordinator
Nekisa Cooper .... assistant: Ms. Skalski and Ms. Douglas
Ryan Alan Dearth .... production assistant (as Ryan Dearth)
Lauren 'Sledgehammer' Dilberto .... additional production assistant
Jacq Donegan .... production coordinator
Lisa Falzarano .... office production assistant: USA
Estefania Fernandez .... accounting clerk
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post production accountant: Trevanna Post (as Jennifer Freed)
Jessie Gant .... assistant post accountant
Dave Ginsberg .... assistant location manager (as David Ginsberg)
Craig Helfer .... additional production assistant
Janet Henry .... location scout
Eric Ladd .... end credits
Steven Lafferty .... production assistant (as Steve Lafferty)
David Laurentin .... parking coordinator
Adam Levy .... set medic
Kimberly Lisner .... production secretary
Jess Magee .... location coordinator
Melissa Marlette .... production assistant
Phil McLennan .... lab production manager
Lisa McPherson .... set production assistant
Nikia Montgomery .... accounting clerk
Melissa Mugavero .... production assistant
Kelly Mullen .... assistant: Mr. London
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Mathew Noack .... Unit PA
O. Valerie Pratt .... payroll accountant
Nicole Renna .... assistant location manager
Wilson Rivas .... craft service
Tyler Rumsey .... production assistant
Paul Sado .... consultant: second unit
Clive Salmon .... office production assistant
Carey Seward .... location scout
Robert Teten .... additional production assistant (as Bobby Teten)
Steven Weisberg .... location manager
Michael Wiggins .... production accountant (as Michael A. Wiggins)
Janice Williams .... production executive: Groundswell
Tina Yeh .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography/second unit
Clayton Beisner .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Adam Bennett .... set tutor (uncredited)
Sarah Crofts .... location scout (uncredited)
Elizabeth Garrett .... location scout (uncredited)
Karen Gehres .... epk producer (uncredited)
Thalia Harithas .... clerk (uncredited)
Brendan C. Lynch .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Shuster .... production assistant (uncredited)
Helene Taylor .... stand-in: Amy Ryan (uncredited)
Kate Churchill .... special thanks
Bradford R. Kindred .... special thanks (as Brad Kindred)
Christina Sibul .... special thanks

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Rated R for language
106 min
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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 »
Errors in geography: 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:I wanna go to Ohio and beat the crap out of his mom.
Mike Flaherty:Okay, come on.
Jackie Flaherty:No, I do. I want to beat the crap out of her and her stupid boyfriend.
Mike Flaherty:Okay.
Jackie Flaherty:I'm serious.
Mike Flaherty:I know you are. I just... I don't think that beating the crap out of everybody is the best solution, that's all.
Jackie Flaherty:It feels like it.
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36 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
very sweet and very funny film, 11 March 2011
Author: michael-mccann-858-974258 from United States

Actor-turned-director Tom McCarthy has put together a fine third feature in Win Win. All of his films tend to have compact stories that are small in scope but feature a very focused lens on the lives of their characters.

One might say that Win Win is perhaps his most conventional dramedy, as it features a normal suburban family with normal suburban problems. Paul Giamatti is "Mike Flaherty" an attorney with a small practice who's also a high school wrestling coach. He's not perfect, but he's doing the best he can. He and his wife "Jackie" (the always wonderful Amy Ryan) are busy raising two kids and leading their quiet life. But when Mike gives into temptation to become the guardian of one his elderly clients (for the $1,500 a month commission) things get to be a little more complicated. The client's grandson, a troubled 16-year-old kid named "Kyle" (Alex Shaffer) comes to stay with his grandfather while his mother goes through her drug treatment. Since his grandfather is living in a retirement home, Kyle ends up staying with Mike and Jackie, who feel compelled to help the kid out.

The film is funny and sweet and paints a really true-to-life portrait of its characters. No one is purely good or purely bad, they're all just human. They make mistakes, whether large or small, and they try to make up for them. In that way, the film will strike a nice honest chord with most of its audience.

Paul Giamatti is great in this, giving a much lower key performance than some of his previous works like American Splendor, Sideways, and even "John Adams." He falls into the suburban dad character very well and wears the character's skin rather nicely. Amy Ryan is always a joy to see on-screen, but I was a bit disappointed that her character was a little one-dimensional, depicting her primarily as a stay at home housewife and mother. Bobby Cannavale and Jeffrey Tambor are fun to watch as well, but serve generally to provide comedic relief (which they do in abundance) and their characters aren't nearly as well painted as Mike or Kyle.

Alex Shaffer, in his very first role, holds his own among some heavyweight actors. I thought some of the emotional scenes were a bit rough for him, but if he decides to continue his acting, more experience will only help to mature his instincts and abilities. Now, outside those heavily emotional scenes, Shaffer is great. His sort of deadpan, monotone delivery works very well for the character.

Kudos go out to Thomas McCarthy's directorial style and talent. He's put together three solid films, all of them equally enjoyable and smart. With Win Win, he's proved he can move past the "loner" archetype of his previous films and move into something more family oriented and encompassing of more characters (although when I think about it The Station Agent had that type of familial quality to it in the friends that Finbar meets). Either way, McCarthy is batting 1.000 in my book and has yet to have a misstep.

When the film releases on March 18th, I'd highly recommend people go and check it out. It's a very sweet and very funny film that deserves the large audience it hopefully will get.

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