April 22, 2011
Review - " Win Win " - (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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Directed by: Thomas McCarthy
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Melanie Lynskey, Bobby
Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Alex Shaffer
Win Win explores the depths and nuances of human relationships. It
shows us how under certain circumstances, even the most unlikely
characters can come together and form a bond that is life changing.
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 stressed out. He goes on
a 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, but Leo is
level-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.