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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:
15 April 2011 (USA) 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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7 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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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

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
Penelope Kindred ... Stella

Sophie Kindred ... Stella

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

Darren Goldstein ... Sheffield Coach (as Darren C. Goldstein)
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
Nicholas 'Nick' Labarbera ... Korsic
Nicholas Lopez ... Anthony Pizzno
Quinn Knauer ... Kurt Vetner
Austin Ward ... Peter Molter
Jonathan Anderson ... Feeney
Delon Richards ... Dean Stol
Chris Loew ... Paul Bell aka 'Pill'
Dean Shmuely ... Rew
John Goncalves ... Carlos
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)
Natasha Tax ... Score Keeper (uncredited)

Joanna Theobalds ... Gina (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom McCarthy 
Writing credits
Tom McCarthy (screenplay)

Tom McCarthy (story) &
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
Tom McCarthy .... producer
Mary Jane Skalski .... 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
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-Gilliar .... property master (as Sabrina Wright)
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
Tim Maxwell .... digital transfer
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)
Sara Furey .... location assistant
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
Sandy Rustin .... voice: Loopers Unlimited
Paul Sado .... consultant: second unit
Clive Salmon .... office production assistant
Carey Seward .... location scout
Gareth Smith .... executive in charge of production
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: Mario's Pizzeria is a Long Island chain pizzeria and has no presence in New Jersey.See more »
Abby:Where's Daddy?
Jackie Flaherty:He's running.
Abby:From what?
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69 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
Terrific sleeper, 4 March 2011
Author: Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States

Win Win is a terrific multigenre sleeper. It's funny, even hilarious; it has mystery and action; and it features brilliant performances by the always-reliable Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. It's also not a movie that wallows in treacly messages, and it's not a movie that uses sports as a crutch for "finding one's inner strength." In short, it's a wonderful, top-notch movie.

Giamatti plays Mike Flaherty, a small-time lawyer who's running low on cash. He moonlights as coach of the local high-school team, which is, to put it bluntly, terrible. In a burst of fiscal sanity, Mike offers to become legal guardian for Leo, one of his clients (played by the crusty Burt Young), who's just been declared legally incapacitated. Why? Because as his guardian, Mike gets $1500 a month. But since he wants to avoid the extra hassle of actually taking care of Leo, he puts him in a nice home. Seriously, it's a nice home, with nice people and a big flat-screen TV.

At this point, the movie wants us on Mike's side – sort of. He needs the cash, and he doesn't really want to tell his wife Jackie (Ryan) that they're running low, not with two young daughters to care for as well. Plus he's coach of a terrible team and is just swimming in stress. Swimming in it. So much so that while jogging to work off the stress, he suffers a panic attack.

Just when Mike thinks some of his problems have been solved, teenage Kyle (Alex Shaffer) walks into his life. Kyle, it turns out, his Leo's grandson, and they've never met. Kyle's been sent by his mom to visit Leo. At first, this complicates things – especially when Kyle seems awfully reluctant to go back home to Ohio – but then Mike's remaining big problem is solved. It turns out the kid is a gifted wrestler. Who'd have thought that? He looks scrawny, but in practices Kyle shows he has the mettle. And thus things are riding well for Mike.

But this would be a truly dull (if inspirational) movie if things continued to ride well. One thing we learn early on is that Mike intentionally misled the judge in Leo's case, giving the impression that he would be actively taking care of Leo. But things really get going when Kyle's druggie mom (Melanie Lynskey) shows up to bring her boy back – and to take over as Leo's guardian.

Too often, Giamatti has played real sad-sack characters, guys who just can't seem to catch a break, guys who suffer at the hands of fickle fate. Not so here. Mike isn't exactly a conniving mastermind, but he's not an idiot, either, and he deals with each situation with logic and reason, even as they spiral further out of his control. It's a typically masterful Giamatti performance, and for once he's not a total loser who's in over his head. He's even a half-decent coach who simply has a lackluster team to work with.

Giamatti's not alone, though. I really got a kick out of Amy Ryan's performance as his somewhat-exasperated spouse Jackie, who's not terribly fond of suddenly having a teenage boy around at first. A few years back, Ryan turned in an Oscar-nominated performance as a native Bostonian in Gone Baby Gone. Ryan had a thick, believable Boston accent then. Here, she's playing a New Jersey native, but at no point does she go overboard with the Jersey Shore dialect. That's what good actresses can do – they can dial it back when they have to and show a little nuance.

Win Win is not a stand-up-and-cheer movie, although the audience at the screening I attended applauded when it was over. It's not a crime drama, and it doesn't really have a lot of twists to its plot. What makes it work are all of the truly sincere, dead-on performances: by Giamatti, Ryan, Shaffer, Lynskey, Bobby Cannavale, and even Jeffrey Tambor as one of Mike's wrestling assistant coaches. Not a sour note in the bunch, everyone at the top of his or her game.

This might have fared well, critically, if it were released during awards season. It sort of reminded me of last year's Greenburg, starring Ben Stiller, only funnier and sweeter. Win Win is a charming, quiet movie that reminds us that, as the Grateful Dead once told us, once in a while you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

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