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Win Win

2011 film directed by Thomas McCarthy

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'Win Win' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree - This Is One Winning Movie (Video)

  • Mar 17, 2011
'Win Win' directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent & The Visitor) explores the depths and nuances of human relationships and shows us that in certain circumstances, even the most unlikely of characters can form a bond that will last a lifetime.

Attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is your typical Everyman.  He has a  loving wife Jackie ( brilliant Amy Ryan) and two small kids who adore him.  The only thing Mike loves almost as much as his family is...'Wrestling'. Too bad the high school wrestling team Mike coaches along with his law partner, Stephen (Jeffrey Tambor) sucks.

Too make matters worse, Mike finds himself struggling to pay the bills and  hiding it from his wife. The guy is really stress out.  He goes on run with his best friend, Terry (Bobby Cannavale) and collaspes on the ground in a full blown panic attack. 

The next day though, things start to look brighter for Mike, when he goes to court with his client Leo(Burt Young) who is suffering from dementia. The State wants to put Leo into a nursing home. Leo is clear headed enough to know that a nursing home is the last place he wants to be.  He's happy right where he is...in his own house. The judge tells Mike that the only way for this to happen is if Leo gets a guardian.  Mike says he'll do it. After all the gig does pay $1500 a month. The judge agrees, but intead of letting Leo stay in his own house, Mike checks him into the local nursing home.

 This one lie changes Mike's life in ways he never expected.  This leads him not only closer to his desire to coach a top wrestling team, but also to heartbreak, half truths and a surprising road to redemption.

'Win Win' is a witty, warm take on several characters - One of which is Kyle Timmons, ( newcomer Alex Shaffer) Leo's grandson who just happens to be a wrestling star.  Kyle's relationship with his grandfather, Mike and his family. his fellow teammates and his drug addicted mother Cindy (Melanie Lynskey) is the heart of this film.

 It doesn't matter if you're a wrestling fan or not, 'Win Win' is so much more than a sports movie. It's a film that goes straight to your heart...and one that 'Two Jews On Film' finally agreed on.  We gave it four bagles out of five with the works.  'Win Win' opens in theaters, Friday March 18, 2011.
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March 18, 2011
this sounds like it is rightfully named. Thanks for sharing this one in the community...what a Saint Patrick day miracle!! LOL!
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review by . September 04, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     "Win Win" is a nice, gentle drama; and I needed that on this particular movie night. It isn't loud, it isn't insulting, and it's actually pretty good at what it does. I suppose I was drawn to it by its cast, but I got out of it much more than just a few performances. I actually invested quite a bit into it. Basically, it takes a perfectly normal story full of perfectly normal people, and engages us through both sympathy and the performances alone. There is …
review by . August 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
If you missed this one in theatres, you probably aren't alone.  I had never heard of it either when we found it on our cable providers on-demand list of new releases, and were sold by the trailer.  This is the kind of quiet movie made for and by adults that gets overlooked in the multi-screen megaplexes--no franchise, no remake, no graphic novel hero, no 3-D action hook means no 15-24 ticket sales means no screens available--a sad commentary on the current state of cinema which we …
review by . March 25, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         So far as I can tell, seeing Win Win truly would be a win win situation; the producers and studio execs will delight at the increase in box office, and you will be watching one of the year’s best films. This is a warm, funny, intelligent, compelling, superbly cast treasure – one of those rare films in which a brain and a heart are at work. Like last year’s brilliant The Kids Are All Right, it tells a story that isn’t idealized …
review by . March 17, 2011
       Tom McCarthy’s new film Win Win is a comforting tale for these trying economic times. While the film has its heart in the right place, it ultimately lacks the energy it needs to be a “winner.”      Win Win stars Paul Giamatti as Mike Flaherty, a small-town New Jersey attorney struggling to find clients and work in the recession. Desperate for money to support his wife Jackie (Amy Ryan) and two children, Mike becomes …
review by . March 27, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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WIN WIN   Written and Directed by Thomas McCarthy   Starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale and Alex Shaffer       Abby: Where’s Daddy?   Jackie: He’s running.   Abby: From what?       Thomas McCarthy’s latest film, WIN WIN, is a little movie about regular people in a small town. McCarthy is no stranger to championing the stories of the every man (perhaps best exemplified in his …
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The film was rated 90% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes in March 2011 and, based on 155 reviews, held a 94% favorable rating in January 2012. Its critical consensus states: "Rich, wonderful characters and strong performances populate Win Win, with writer/director Thomas McCarthy continuing to emerge as a great American humanist."[1]
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film 3.5 stars out of 4, calling the film a "gem, hilarious and heartfelt with a tough core that repels all things sappy", and "just about perfect."Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it 3 out of 4 stars, writing "You have a funny situation, and there's some truth in it and unexpected characters, well-acted, and you may not have a great film but you enjoy watching it."Steven Rea of the Philadelphia Inquirer gave it 3 out of 4 stars, writing "[Giamatti] delivers a marvel of a performance—all the more so because we forget that he is performing." He concluded "Win Win doesn't quite hit the high notes of grace and revelation that The Station Agent and The Visitor achieved, but McCarthy and his able cast pull off a similar mix of humor and pathos, smiles and angst." Daniel Sarath from online blog New In Cinema gave it 4/5, stating "Win Win is visual evidence that a film doesn't have to be pushing boundaries or walking in uncharted territory to stand out from the crowd. As long as you have a talented ...
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