Excerpt: Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is a Jersey lawyer who coaches high school wrestling in his spare time, though he's suffering from the stress of making ends meet to support his growing family and keep his private firm alive. He sees an opportunity to solve his problems when his wealthy client Leo, who is showing the early signs of dementia, needs a guardian and Mike takes on the role for the monthly commission that goes with it.
Excerpt: Mike (Paul Giamatti) is a lawyer with two kids and a loving wife, so it would seem his life is more than solid. But his practice is on the brink of shutdown, as his elder-care cases just haven’t been profitable enough. He hasn’t told his wife about the situation however, as he hopes to turn things around before he needs to inform her. But with money in short supply and his office in need of maintenance, his time seems rather short.
Excerpt: Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti stars as a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high-school wrestling coach who takes us on a brilliantly heartfelt journey through the game of life... where you can't lose 'em all. When Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a champion wrestler, Mike's luck turns around in spectacular fashion.
Conclusion: You might not love Win Win , but the chances are great that you'll like it, especially if you have a taste for independent cinema, as the near-unanimously approving population of film critics tend to. With three distinctive, celebrated, character-driven films (plus story contributions to Up that have to count for something), Tom McCarthy has confirmed himself as a writer/director to watch.
Excerpt: Win Win is the kind of movie I hope remains looked at as one of the early pleasures of 2011. I do not think it will necessarily be one of my favorites of the year (honorable mention, sure), but it has the kind of charm and humor that makes for a movie I want many people to see. Paul Giamatti leads a talented cast, in a film that is a comedy-drama about family, teenage angst, and wrestling.
Conclusion: 'Win Win' was one of my very favorite movies at Sundance earlier this year, and remains one of my sleeper favorites of the year. Its view of teenagers is a refreshing, realistic approach. It's a coming of age story that seems to sidestep the clichés and deliver a thoughtful resolution. It's hard to believe this is Shaffer's only acting experience. He's a natural, and should go far if he decides to follow this acting thing as a career. 'Win Win' is highly recommended.
Excerpt: Paul Giamatti ( Ironclad ) stars as Mike Flaherty, a husband and father and struggling elder lawyer who, when faced with an unethical opportunity to bring in some extra money, compromises his scruples in a big way. The fallout of his decision leads a confused teenager into his life: Kyle (Alex Shaffer), who happens to be a world-class high school wrestler. And, hey, Mike is a high school wrestling coach!
Excerpt: The Movie Paul Giamatti stars as yet another sympathetic loser in Win Win , this time as nice-guy New Jersey lawyer and high school wrestling coach Mike whose tolerably imperfect life quickly goes supernova. His funds are drying up, and mounting problems are triggering panic attacks. When he runs out of options, he has himself appointed guardian for one of his elderly clients in order to receive the monthly commission, albeit in a way that's at best not entirely ethical,...
Summary: The Great Recession has spawned it's share of cinema over the past three years, starting with 2009's brilliantly poignant Up in the Air , and continuing with Oliver Stone's Wall Street indictment redux Money Never Sleeps , the corporate downsizing drama The Company Men , and a number of documentaries, from Inside Job to Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer to Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story . Add one more to that list: Win Win .