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on August 21, 2017
Paul Giamatti is great as always.
Bobby Cannavale is great as the love sick nostalgic sidekick
Anything with Margo Martindale (The Americans, etc) has to be good
Alex Shaffer is very good as the laid back, laconic, wrestling phenome

A stressed elder care lawyer moonlights as a wrestling coach in part to relive his high school glory days. Though he is drowning in debts his wife stays home with their two daughters instead of working for a salary.

Their lives become even more complicated, but better, when the teenage grandson of one of Giamatti's clients suddenly shows up and wants to stay to avoid his selfish self-centered addict mother and to get to know his grandfather who is suffering from dementia.
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on January 28, 2014
Who could not love the Renaissance Man of today's relevant dramas, Paul Giamatti? Leading a relatively invisible life, he (Mike) feels the walls of defeat closing in on him when a novel way of getting out of his financial straits presents itself. Invariably, a shaky structure such as this one is the perfect setup for a spontaneous occurrence in the way of Alex Shaffer's (Kyle's) appearance in his and his family's lives. As the narrative proceeds, you will find yourself not only drawn in, but rooting vociferously for these two underdogs. Spot-on perfect appearances by Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor and Melanie Lynskey round out a perfectly balanced cast. Treat yourself to an evening of emotional roller-coastering which will give you a hearty WIN WIN. Janice Sovinee
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on September 25, 2016
At First I was somewhat disappointed but When I came back and looked at it again I Thought everything about the movie was great. I think I was too tired and extra critical the first time. I ended up loving this video and changed it from a 3 star review to a 5 star review. I liked everything about this DVD. Besides great wrestling it is a great story.
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on January 18, 2015
My two boys started wrestling late at age 8 and 11 this year. They're growing to appreciate the sport each day. How it makes them feel about themselves both physically and emotionally, as well as the respectability of their opponents. They see other kids bustin their chops and sweating rivers and realize the kind of work it takes to just participate much less win. Who would want to work that hard if there wasn't something profoundly rewarding in just participating? There's no immediate gratification to this sport. No mediocracy. And the effort rests squarely on their shoulders. If you get a metal it's because you earned it. This video isnt' a documentary so my boys were more open minded about watching it. They will even tell you it's not about wrestling. But I can tell you that while there is more than one lesson to the movie with or without the wrestling angle, there DEFINITELY is an element to it that is very much about wrestling, and they watched it at least three times over break! A kid that appears to have little promise or drive in life, displays the ability to switch it on like a light in the face of being given a second chance. That unmotivated teen maintains who he is as individual all the while showing the wisdom there is something to gain in effort and applying himself. What better sport than wrestling to place that kind of independent experience squarely on the shoulders of the one participating?
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on January 29, 2016
This movie will surprise you. It is tastefully well-made, and it seems so much like a real family living their real lives. The characters seem honest and real, and I think it's the script that brings that out. But the actors do such a great job. I usually like anything Paul Giamatti does, and he does so well in this movie. I might even say it's his best film he has ever been in. The kid is a great actor too. So real. That's what brings me back to this movie, it's so original, but so much like something that would happen in real life. No hollywood fakeness here. Go see it. You will enjoy it.
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on September 24, 2013
Enjoyed so many scenes. Real people working through real issues. Foul language is prolific.
Some great lines: "We have kids, Mike. I'm not taking any chances with Eminem down there."

"If he's Darth Vader, you're the Secret Apprentice. You've got this."

Or this exchange: "No, I do. I want to beat the crap out of her and her stupid boyfriend." "I don't think that beating the crap out of everybody is the best solution, that's all." "It feels like it."

Kyle: "Well, I just tell myself that the guy on top's tryin' to take my head and shove it under water and kill me, and if I don't wanna die on bottom, I have to do whatever the $@#$ it takes to get out." Coach: "Okay. So the move is Whatever the @#$ it takes. Let's go. Let's work on it."

Some of the cursing is realistic. Some was effective for comic relief. Some was just gratuitous.
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on November 25, 2012
You know the weird dynamics of your extended family? The crazy relatives?
You know about midlife cirses in guys who are 50 and realize this is it?
You ever see that high school kid who is withdrawn and cant make eye contact?

'Win Win' examines, mostly, the Human Condition, that we are all fallible, all open to temptation.

Paul Giamatti is fantastic as usualy as a lawyer who cant make ends meet, so he does something technically legal, just not right, like every relative we know. Burt Young is his usually masterful self.

Enter Alex Shaffer, who plays the best teenager I've seen in a LONG time. I taught high school, and he does the withdrawn, no eye contact, brooding high school kid on the edge to perfection.

This is NOT a movie about Wrestling, but the subplot involves the kids wrestling ability. Without giving away plot, wrestling is one of the few team sports where the individual can go all the way to the state championships,

A great film about life, Human Drama, and realizing we are who we are.
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on May 20, 2016
Underrated little gem, with standout performances — particularly by Giamatti and Cannavale. Smart, funny, and sincere. Some language, but should be seen by teens 13 and up. Written and directed by Tom McCarthy, who wrote and directed Best Picture winner Spotlight (2015).
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on November 3, 2013
This film presents the dysfunctional aspects of contemporary society in respect to the legal profession,. the family, and the product of this society, a high school student who tries to make sense of it all. When he finally comes to terms with his present situation all other characters of this gripping drama fall into place. The unfolding of this plot will keep the viewer engaged throughout the film. English subtitles are recommended to keep up with the rapid fire dialogue. The viewer of this film is strongly recommended to consult other sources such as the review of this film to clarify some twists in the plot which are not evident from a first viewing of this film. Recommended without reservations.
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on September 7, 2016
This is an ok film that is worth watching. It could easily be a family film but gratuitous bad language changes a family film into an R rated movie that sinks to a low B film because of that.
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