With a film that revolves around amateur wrestling and has only one household name with Paul Giamatti, you’d think the film is destined for failure but it’s one of the best movies in 2011 by far.
The movie revolves around Mike Flaherty (played by Giamatti). He’s a lawyer and part time wrestling coach who comes across money problems. He decides to take on the responsibility to care for one his clients for compensation and the drama starts to snowball. Flaherty eventually meets Kyle (played by Alex Shaffer). He’s the typical troubled teen who happens be a star on the wrestling mat.
Flaherty finds a friend and happiness in places he never thought possible. The story ends without the rags to riches cliché and yet still everyone is happy.
Bobby Cannavale also turns in a hilarious role as Terry Delfino, Flaherty’s friend and assistant coach for the local high school wrestling team. Fellow co-star Amy Ryan turns in another memorable performance as Mike Flaherty’s wife, Jackie.
I can’t say enough about Ryan. She’s one of the most underrated actor’s in the game and always seems to be apart of amazing indie flicks. This one keeps her streak going. She nails the suburban motherly role with ease, a break from the troubled characters she usually plays.
Having the amazing trait to find a flaw in pretty much anything, I couldn’t do so with Win Win.
The plot wasn’t to out of the ordinary but the story and the way it was built up was perfection. There were the usual motivational speeches but not of the exaggerated Rocky variety, a common man could relate to them.
It was a film that was easy to relate too, same goes for the characters.
Here is the Win Win movie trailer: