'Win Win' directed and written by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor and The Station Agent) 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.
It doesn't matter if you're a wrestling fan or not, 'Win Win' is so much more than a sports movie. It's a film that goes straight to your heart...and one that 'Two Jews On Film' finally agreed on. We gave it four bagels out of five with the works. 'Win Win' opens in theaters, Friday March 18, 2011.