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Win Win (2011)

Paul Giamatti , Amy Ryan , Thomas McCarthy  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale, Burt Young
  • Directors: Thomas McCarthy
  • Writers: Thomas McCarthy, Joe Tiboni
  • Producers: Erica Tuchman, Jacqueline Brogan, Lisa Maria Falcone, Lori Keith Douglas, Mary Jane Skalski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057LOEGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Win Win" on IMDb

Special Features

Deleted Scenes
Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni discuss Win Win
David Thompson at Sundance 2011
Alex Shafer at Sundance 2011
In Conversation with Tom McCarthy and Paul Giamatti at Sundance 2011
Family
Tom McCarthy
Wrestling
Amy Ryan
Fox Movie Channel Presents: Direct Effect Tom McCarthy
"Think You Can Wait" Music Video by The National
Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti* stars as a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high-school wrestling coach who takes us on a brilliantly heartfelt journey through the game of life...where you can't lose 'em all. When Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a be a champion wrestler, Mike’s luck turns around in spectacular fashion. But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy’s family affairs come into play. Co-starring Oscar nominee Amy Ryan* and directed by Oscar®-Nominee Tom McCarthy**, this touching and funny comedy will leave you cheering.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blest be the ties that bind... April 1, 2011
Thomas McCarthy's previous films, "The Station Agent" and "The Visitor," were about sad, dispirited people finding love, hope and human connection where they least expected it. "Win Win," McCarthy's latest film, is another funny, touching film in the same vein, and one that promises to bring McCarthy a larger audience.

Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is a small-town New Jersey lawyer and high-school wrestling coach with a loving wife (Amy Ryan), two adorable small daughters, and a rapidly failing law practice. Desperate to make ends meet, he finagles his way into becoming the court-appointed guardian of one of his clients--Leo Poplar (Burt Young), an old man in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's--and pockets the $1,500-per-month guardian fee. However, Mike didn't count on the sudden appearance of Kyle Timmons (Alex Shaffer), the teenage son of Cindy (Melanie Lynskey) Leo's long-estranged junkie daughter. A sullen, bleach-blond kid, Kyle is a troublesome guest in the Flaherty household until the day Mike brings Kyle along to wrestling practice. Kyle turns out to be a wrestling whiz, and Mike suddenly has dreams of taking his team to the state championship. But soon Cindy shows up, sending Kyle into violent rebellion and threatening Mike's sweet deal with the court.

Never quite taking the audience where it expects to go, "Win Win" is a quirky and beguiling film about the growing bond between Mike and Kyle, how that bond is threatened, and what Mike is willing to do to preserve it. The cast could not be bettered. Giamatti, Ryan, Young and Lynskey are all superb, as are Jeffrey Tambor as Mike's fussbudget assistant coach and Bobby Cannavale as Mike's newly divorced buddy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs and how we meet them August 24, 2011
Format:DVD
Tom McCarthy is a young gifted artist - actor, writer, director - who has gifted us in the past with such memorable small films as writer/director of 'The Visitor', 'The Station Agent', and as writer for 'Up'. He deals with simple people encountering complex problems and shows us how cooperative relationships make life OK. McCarthy both wrote (with Joe Tiboni) and directed WIN WIN and if there were two words that would best describe this film the title supplies them. It is real, touching without becoming saccharine, and populated by a cast of some very fine actors who deliver a very human story.

Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is a sown on his luck lawyer in poor economic times who deals with elderly people as clients. His loyal wife Jackie (Amy Ryan) keeps their small house in Providence, New Jersey (McCarthy's home town, by the way) in order, managing their two daughters, the funky Abby (Clare Foley) and Stella (Penelope Kindred), in tow. One of Mike's clients Leo Poplar (Burt Young) is entering early senility and the court wants him placed in a home. Discovering that Leo pays good money for a guardian Mike accepts guardianship but moves Leo into a rest home, keeping his house locked up. Mike discovers a young 16 year old kid on Leo's doorstep and learns that the lad is Kyle (Alex Schaffer), Leo's grandson form Ohio who has run away from home because his mother (Melanie Lynskey) is in rehab and Kyle has escaped the abuse of her boyfriend. Kyle is taken in to the Flaherty family (tough Jackie melts and insists they support him). What Mike discovers is that Kyle is a Wrestling Champion and Mike happens to coach the high school wrestling team with his law partner Stephen Vigman (Jeffrey Tambor) and Mike's buddy Terry Delfino (Bobby Cannavale).
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Film of 2011 So Far June 29, 2011
Format:DVD
Paul Giamatti is probably the smartest actor in Hollywood. From "Sideways" to "Barney's Version", he chooses (mostly) very good roles that rely simply on smart acting and writing. "Win Win" is one of my favorite movies in a while, as it evokes the small town joy of "The Station Agent" with an original story that is accessible to all audiences. Having seen it twice in theaters, I look forward to owning it on Blu-Ray upon release. It's worth every penny. If the people giving awards at the end of the year forget this movie, they are to be shamed - Giamatti, Amy Ryan, and everyone else involved did something special here, and you really should watch it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Movie! February 6, 2012
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This is one of my favorite movies. No special effects or exploding cars, just great acting in real-life situations. And it's its funny and sad too. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fortunate Movie About Second Chances November 4, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This is a touching movie about people who appear to be very similar to the family next door, at least in a figurative sense. They are the type of people you might expect to see walking down the sidewalk in many communities; they are average in appearance and bearing and sort of blend in with the crowd. This, amazingly, is one of the major strengths of this movie, there is a naturalness that leaves one feeling real life situations are being somehow observed and recorded.

These observations are my effort to try and pay this movie a very high compliment; it is so well done that it is easy to develop feelings of sympathy and understanding for every character played by the carefully selected cast.

Paul Giamatti effectively plays the part of Mike Flaherty, an attorney who is struggling to make ends meet and support his family. His wife, Jackie Flaherty, played by Amy Ryan, is equally effective as his loving and understanding wife.

Mike, feeling financial pressure, makes a questionable decision which begins to backfire when circumstances, in the person of Kyle, a teen age boy played by Alex Shaffer, create a series of events which dramatically impact their lives and potentially change everything.

The boy needs a second chance and Mike needs the boy's help so an informal deal is struck. A new set of problems develop when the boy's mother shows up with her own agenda. The climax comes when Mike needs a second chance from Kyle, the question being will Kyle give Mike a second chance. The resolution of all of these situations makes for a fascinating movie which draws the viewer into the complexities of contemporary American family life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A surprising gem with a great cast of characters.
Published 4 days ago by Cathy McKee
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie #dotherightthing
Love this movie!
Published 6 days ago by Gina s
3.0 out of 5 stars Mike Flaherty is not at all a bad guy. Leo’s grandson
Wrestling. You can wrestle with today’s tough issues… with your spouse… your in-laws… your conscious.
Or you can wrestle with the challenges of everyday life. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Tom S
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, good story with realistic wrestling, not the WWF Hulk Hogan stuff.
Published 18 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars didn't disappoint in this
Paul G. didn't disappoint in this. It's heart-warming and inspirational. It has a great message. Well worth watching.
Published 1 month ago by N.R.M.
4.0 out of 5 stars great character actors
Cute film; great character actors
Published 1 month ago by Joanna P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
It's a shame this film came and went without much fanfare. Great acting. Possibly Giamatti's best work, plus the great Amy Ryan. Excellent in every respect.
Published 1 month ago by K
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very lame
Published 2 months ago by Josh Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Giamatti
I think Paul Giamatti is a great actor and in this movie he again demonstrates his talents. His ability to display a real life character is superb.
Published 2 months ago by unnecessaryandnotimportant
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Funny hilarious and sad. great characters and storyline and comical. I enjoyed this movie until the end and also sheaded a few tears.
Published 3 months ago by journee
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