“Win Win” is a sports comedy-drama film directed by Tom McCarthy and released in 2011. The movie stars Paul Giamatti as Mike Flaherty, a struggling small-town lawyer and wrestling coach who takes on guardianship of an elderly client in order to collect the client’s monthly stipend. However, things get complicated when the client’s troubled grandson, Kyle (played by Alex Shaffer), shows up and Mike takes him in.
As Mike helps Kyle adjust to his new surroundings, he discovers that Kyle is an accomplished wrestler and convinces him to join the high school wrestling team. The team begins to win with Kyle as their star wrestler, but Mike’s ethical and legal issues surrounding the guardianship threaten to unravel everything.
The film is notable for its strong performances, particularly by Giamatti and Shaffer, who deliver convincing and heartfelt portrayals of their characters. The movie also features a strong supporting cast, including Amy Ryan as Mike’s wife and Bobby Cannavale as Mike’s best friend and assistant coach.
Overall, “Win Win” is a touching and charming film that offers a fresh and relatable take on the underdog sports story. Its mix of humor, heart, and social commentary make it a must-see for fans of sports films, as well as anyone interested in the struggles of working-class Americans.
Duration: 106 min.