Win Win

A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach’s chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he’s double-crossed comes into his life.

I don’t know about you, but if the two words “Paul” and “Giamatti” are ever mentioned in reference to a movie, I want to see it. I saw a trailer and reviews for this movie a long while ago, and it is just now coming out on DVD. Rottentomatoes gave it some pretty good reviews, so the hype was big coming out of the gate, and this movie had a reputation to follow, and I’m glad to say that it did so.

The general feel of the movie was much different than I thought after watching the trailer. I thought it would be something really dramatic with a sad overtone, but in reality is was pretty lighthearted and actually funny. The story is relate-able and the characters are connect-able and unique in their own ways, and while there are no real surprises, it has it’s complexities.

The acting is really quite superb, as to be expected from Giamatti as the conflicted lawyer who is struggling financially but has good intentions. He’s good enough to almost not even notice that he is acting, which is saying a lot. Amy Ryan projects the true powerful aura of a mother who sees a child in need, and Alex Shaffer is the newcomer actor who does a fine job for his very first film, and he can actually wrestle, which makes his performance very convincing.

My Rating:

 3.5 / 4.0 – While it will not go down as a “great” film, ‘Win Win’ is a winner all the way, an extremely entertaining watch with almost effortlessly convincing acting, a thoughtful story and characters that we can all relate to, and a genuine ending.


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