Watch: Win Win 2011 123movies, Full Movie Online – A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach’s chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life..
Plot: When down-on-his-luck part-time high school wrestling coach Mike agrees to become legal guardian to an elderly man, his ward’s troubled grandson turns out to be a star grappler, sparking dreams of a big win — until the boy’s mother retrieves him.
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A Charming film about Love, Family, and Wrestling
Win Win is a charming delightful film about an ordinary family dealing with the struggles of everyday life. Writer/Director Tom McCarthy should be commended for his excellent work. Paul Giamatti – a true everyman actor – delivers a wonderful performance as a lawyer and wrestling coach struggling with the challenges of family and money in New Jersey. In the process of taking guardianship for an elderly client Giamatti’s character, Mike Flaherty, becomes enmeshed in the old man’s family when the old man’s grandson shows up literally on his front doorstep. The teenager turns out to be an incredible wrestler, which is a great asset to Mike’s awful wrestling team. And then things begin to get complicated. Giamatti specializes in bringing forth flawed characters that are delightfully human. This is a funny, sweet film that combines comedy and drama. Win Win also reminds us that family goes well beyond blood relatives; family is the constantly evolving circle of people that we love and care about. I literally walked out of theater just feeling much better than when I walked in. That has to be one of the best ways to judge any film.
very sweet and very funny film
Actor-turned-director Tom McCarthy has put together a fine third feature in Win Win. All of his films tend to have compact stories that are small in scope but feature a very focused lens on the lives of their characters.
One might say that Win Win is perhaps his most conventional dramedy, as it features a normal suburban family with normal suburban problems. Paul Giamatti is “Mike Flaherty” an attorney with a small practice who’s also a high school wrestling coach. He’s not perfect, but he’s doing the best he can. He and his wife “Jackie” (the always wonderful Amy Ryan) are busy raising two kids and leading their quiet life. But when Mike gives into temptation to become the guardian of one his elderly clients (for the $1,500 a month commission) things get to be a little more complicated. The client’s grandson, a troubled 16-year-old kid named “Kyle” (Alex Shaffer) comes to stay with his grandfather while his mother goes through her drug treatment. Since his grandfather is living in a retirement home, Kyle ends up staying with Mike and Jackie, who feel compelled to help the kid out.
The film is funny and sweet and paints a really true-to-life portrait of its characters. No one is purely good or purely bad, they’re all just human. They make mistakes, whether large or small, and they try to make up for them. In that way, the film will strike a nice honest chord with most of its audience.
Paul Giamatti is great in this, giving a much lower key performance than some of his previous works like American Splendor, Sideways, and even “John Adams.” He falls into the suburban dad character very well and wears the character’s skin rather nicely. Amy Ryan is always a joy to see on-screen, but I was a bit disappointed that her character was a little one-dimensional, depicting her primarily as a stay at home housewife and mother. Bobby Cannavale and Jeffrey Tambor are fun to watch as well, but serve generally to provide comedic relief (which they do in abundance) and their characters aren’t nearly as well painted as Mike or Kyle.
Alex Shaffer, in his very first role, holds his own among some heavyweight actors. I thought some of the emotional scenes were a bit rough for him, but if he decides to continue his acting, more experience will only help to mature his instincts and abilities. Now, outside those heavily emotional scenes, Shaffer is great. His sort of deadpan, monotone delivery works very well for the character.
Kudos go out to Thomas McCarthy’s directorial style and talent. He’s put together three solid films, all of them equally enjoyable and smart. With Win Win, he’s proved he can move past the “loner” archetype of his previous films and move into something more family oriented and encompassing of more characters (although when I think about it The Station Agent had that type of familial quality to it in the friends that Finbar meets). Either way, McCarthy is batting 1.000 in my book and has yet to have a misstep.
When the film releases on March 18th, I’d highly recommend people go and check it out. It’s a very sweet and very funny film that deserves the large audience it hopefully will get.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Sport
Director Tom McCarthy
Writer Tom McCarthy, Joe Tiboni
Actors Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor
Awards 5 wins & 22 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby, SDDS, Datasat, Dolby Surround 7.1
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), Technicolor PostWorks, New York (NY), USA (digital intermediate), Technicolor, New York (NY), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Fuji Eterna-CP 3514DI), D-Cinema