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
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[Jackie locks Kyle in the basement]
What're you doin'?
We have kids, Mike. I'm not taking any chances with Eminem down there.
There's not even a bathroom down there, Jack.
[Jackie reluctantly unlocks the door]
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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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