Saturday, April 30, 2011

Win Win - Movie Review

Win Win (R) 106 minutes B
Wrestling with life's choices

Starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Alex Shaffer, Bobby Cannavale, Melanie Lynskey and Burt Young

Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is a small time New Jersey lawyer, family man, high school wrestling coach and all-round good guy.  But with his business on a downturn and no compensation for his coaching gig, Flaherty is struggling to make ends meet.  So when a profitable but immoral opportunity presents itself he takes advantage.  It's not exactly a win win situation but it'll keep him afloat until he can get back on his feet. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the jig is up soon after it begins and Flaherty risks losing everything. 

Win Win is a wonderfully crafted film by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent and The Visitor) that won't bowl you over but will definitely pin you to your seat.  Everything about this dramedy is subtle but affecting.  It almost feels too neat and tidy but it's hard not to like Win Win


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