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Win Win -- On the verge of bankruptcy, a lawyer who volunteers as a high school wrestling coach skims money from the estate of an elderly client, but, when the client's grandson, a gifted wrestler, comes to town, the lawyer admits his malfeasance and is ready to do so in court to protect the kid from his addict mother.
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"


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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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Intriguing dilemmas and a splash of humour See more (103 total) »


  (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)

Jason L. Koerner ... Guy in Courtroom (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)

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
Susan Muir .... completion bond guarantor
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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Did You Know?

New Providence High School in New Providence, New Jersey is featured in the film which happens to be co-writer Tom McCarthy's alma mater.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: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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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Intriguing dilemmas and a splash of humour, 8 June 2011
Author: Jazzist-H-Crisp from United Kingdom

The story-line of Win Win brings difficult and realistic moral issues before us, which engage our interest and challenge our sympathies. But the film is not a ponderous work of moral theory, fortunately. Instead, it has many humorous moments which keep the tone quite light, even as the film raises some darker problems.

The first dilemma concerns the subterfuge that lawyer Mike Flaherty (Paul Giametti) employs to win the maintenance award for looking after his elderly client Leo who suffers from Alzheimers disease. The dilemma is not so much his (he needs the money too badly and he has a family to provide for), as ours - should we sympathise or not? Mike is a lawyer, yet he deceives the court and thus breaks the law. Yet, at the same time, Leo does not really lose out because the home that Mike puts him in is very comfortable. In a way, Mike's deceit is a win-win solution that solves Mike's financial problems and also provides proper care for Leo. But surely deceit cannot be condoned? Or can it? While we are still dealing with that issue, an entirely different one looms up and takes over the story. Leo's grand-son arrives, looking for his grand-father, Leo, who is now in the care home. Not only does this plot development add a lot of tension (because Mike's deceit is in danger of being exposed), it also adds further complications on the moral front. The first is, should Mike tell Kyle the truth, or is it better to try and help Kyle personally while leaving him in the dark? Should we really expect Mike to confess, when the result will be disastrous for so many people and achieve very little, apart from establishing the truth about Leo's transfer to the care home? Once again, we are just beginning to settle one problem when another arrives to add further complications, this time in the shape of Kyle's mother, Leo's daughter, who has never shown any interest in her father, but now shows a mercenary interest in his state of dependency.

I really enjoyed this film. There is a lightness in the telling of the story, which makes the whole experience a pleasure, but it is a story with some difficult issues to set before us, issues such as the care of the elderly and the rights of birth-parents over foster-parents, which give us food for thought. Above all, however, the film is very well acted and the characters are brought to life very effectively, persuading us of the reality of the issues which it raises, but also coaxing us to temper our judgment of our fellow human beings. The film reminds us that life is rarely as clear-cut as our stern guilty-or-innocent judgments would require.

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