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.
*Paul Giamatti, Supporting Actor, Cinderella Man, 2005; Amy Ryan, Supporting Actress, Gone Baby Gone, 2007.
**Original Screenplay, Up, 2009 (Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter; Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy).
**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
**Fox Movie Channel Presents: Direct Effect Tom McCarthy
**"Think You Can Wait" Music Video by The National
Cast & Crew
The rare, humanist beauty of Win Win is that none of its characters is a caricature, none of its plot twists a blatant play for tears or laughs, none of its appeal based on some mythical lowest common denominator.
Giamatti excels as the weak-kneed Mike, nicely working his gift for inner conflict and outer bumbling. As his wife, Amy Ryan is a ballast of unflinching moral certitude.
With "Win Win," McCarthy has found his emotional sweet spot, a sweet and complex story to set it in and the perfect title for it.
[McCarthy's] writing reflects a wariness of human nature but he's not cynical; indeed, the story wraps up with a tenderness that feels true but completely without mush.
Win Win is a winner all the way.
Tom McCarthy's third feature proves something incontestable: The writer-director has a way with American characters.
McCarthy's story and direction don't demand that the audience take sides one way or the other with Mike. He and Giamatti trust us to come to our own conclusions.