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.
Summary: '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.
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.
Conclusion: I knew next to nothing about Win Win going in, but I was surprised by how deftly it manages to avoid both the forced "quirkiness" of most indie family dramas and the age-old conventions of underdog sports movies.
Excerpt: The word that best describes Mike Flaherty, and really every character in Tom McCarthy's big-hearted new film Win Win is that handy Yiddishism "mensch." Mike is a practicing Catholic, raising a family and maintaining a struggling elder law practice in suburban New Jersey, the kind of guy who always...
Excerpt: Over the course of his three films to date— The Station Agent , The Visitor , and the new Win Win —actor-turned-writer/director Thomas McCarthy has focused closely on accidental families, formed among unhappy outsiders.
Excerpt: The good-humoured and flawed characters which populate "Win Win" are acted with refreshing individuality. The movie plays out as a down to earth and warm comedy, that is hard not to be charmed by.
Summary: I did not think that it would get this complicated,” huffs failing lawyer/high school wrestling coach Paul Giamatti at the climax of Thomas ( The Station Agent ) McCarthy’s small-town drama. Really? Because the rest of us could see it coming a mile off.