Director Tom McCarthy (“The Visitor,” “The Station Agent”) wields another work of art with a simple delivery showing his master’s touch.
“Win Win” casts the amazing Paul Giamatti as Mike Flaherty, a New Jersey attorney specializing in elder care who finds himself on financial brinks. A solution presents itself when he takes guardianship of his client Leo (Burt Young) behind his wife Jackie’s (Amy Ryan) back.
In fact, the only one Mike can reveal his twisted doings to is his best friend Terry Delfino (Bobby Cannavale). Mike happily receives his monthly check but throws the demented Leo into a care facility.
As Mike scores a win for his family’s finances, he still finds himself on a losing streak with the high school wrestling team that he coaches along with the humorous Vigman (Jeffrey Tambor). That is until Kyle (Alex Schaffer), an awkward and alienated young man, shows up to live with his grandfather Leo.
Not able to explain the situation to Kyle, Mike and Jackie instead play surrogate parents to the runaway. Kyle, however, turns out to be a talented wrestler. Win! But good things never last long as Kyle’s long lost mom comes in to town threatening to undo the whole situation.
“Win Win” shows Tom McCarthy’s subtle characters in his typical un-Hollywood simplicity and a completely loveable story that will win you from the start. Viewers are sure to enjoy.[media-credit id=165 align="alignright" width="300"][/media-credit]