Win Win (2011)

Until about five minutes ago I had no idea who Thomas McCarthy was, and now it blows my mind.  He was the writer and director of some excellent movies like The Station Agent and The Visitor and he also has a writing credit for Up.  What a pedigree!  Except to most audiences he might get a second take as Dr. Bob from the Fockers movies.  And now he’s crafted another feel-good as a human being movie in Win Win.

It should go without saying that Paul Giamatti delivers a standout noteworthy performance that only didn’t get noticed because he’s dependable like that.  Same with Amy Ryan, we’ve just come to expect high quality from them.  Solid supporting cast too, can never go wrong with Jeffrey Tambor or Bobby Cannavale.  It’s a very good movie, and I don’t know what else to tell you about it.  Giamatti is a lawyer and high school wrestling coach and his practice is failing so he does what might be the only shady thing he has ever done in his life, putting himself into the titular situation.

Highly recommended for the solid performances and writing.

4 / 5

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Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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