DVD: Win Win

By admin
25 November 2011

Comedy-drama.

2011. 104 min.

With Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Jeffrey Tambor and Bobby Cannavale.

Director: Thomas McCarthy.

13L.

Rating: 4/5

Mike Flaherty (Giamatti), a lawyer and part-time high school wrestling coach, struggles to make ends meet as his elderly clients don’t provide much of an income. His wrestlers also haven’t won a match in ages.

Then Mike spots an opportunity and fraudulently makes himself a demented client’s guardian – for a fat fee.

Things get complicated when the client’s grandson (Shaffer) arrives in town and Mike is forced to look after the wayward boy – who turns out to be a star wrestler.

Seems like a win-win situation, but can Mike keep his guardian scam under wraps?

Giamatti is brilliant in this warm, gentle and often hilarious tale of a good man who makes a bad decision. It’s also an inspiring high-school sport movie, with Tambor and Cannavale providing great support as assistant wrestling coaches.

Young Shaffer – a real-life wrestling champion – just about steals the show though with a convincing performance as a troubled teen.

Bonus: deleted scenes, featurette, music video.

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