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Win Win (2011)

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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.

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Tom McCarthy

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Tom McCarthy (screenplay), Tom McCarthy (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Thompson ... Stemler
Mike Diliello Mike Diliello ... Jimmy Reed
Nina Arianda ... Shelly
Marcia Haufrecht ... Gina Flaherty
Sharon Wilkins Sharon Wilkins ... Judge Lee
Clare Foley ... Abby
Penelope Kindred Penelope Kindred ... Stella
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In the game of life, you can't lose 'em all.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gagnant gagnant See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$150,362, 20 March 2011

Gross USA:

$10,179,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,831,173
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jackie Flaherty: Does she even know you're here?
Kyle: My mom? She doesn't care about me.
Jackie Flaherty: How do you know? She's probably worried sick and doesn't know how to reach you.
Kyle: [holding up his cell phone] She could've called, right?
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Connections

Features Wii Sports (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Thrust
Written and Performed by M.B. Gordy (as Marvin Gordy III) & Thomas Brissette
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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A Charming film about Love, Family, and Wrestling
15 March 2011 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

Win Win is a charming delightful film about an ordinary family dealing with the struggles of everyday life. Writer/Director Tom McCarthy should be commended for his excellent work. Paul Giamatti – a true everyman actor – delivers a wonderful performance as a lawyer and wrestling coach struggling with the challenges of family and money in New Jersey. In the process of taking guardianship for an elderly client Giamatti's character, Mike Flaherty, becomes enmeshed in the old man's family when the old man's grandson shows up literally on his front doorstep. The teenager turns out to be an incredible wrestler, which is a great asset to Mike's awful wrestling team. And then things begin to get complicated. Giamatti specializes in bringing forth flawed characters that are delightfully human. This is a funny, sweet film that combines comedy and drama. Win Win also reminds us that family goes well beyond blood relatives; family is the constantly evolving circle of people that we love and care about. I literally walked out of theater just feeling much better than when I walked in. That has to be one of the best ways to judge any film.


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