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Definitely a Winner,
This review is from: Win Win [DVD] (DVD)
Win Win is the tale of broke-lawyer Mike (Paul Giamatti - Shoot 'em Up) who tells a fib in order to keep his practice going. He takes legal guardianship of one of his elderly wards in order to pocket his care-commission. He's no shark though; putting in the effort to look after the guy and even opening up his home to his ward's errant grandson Kyle (Alex Schaffer). As things progress; Kyle finds roots for the first time in his life with Mike's family and even joins Mike's wrestling team - and man, is he good. For the first time in his life, Mike is paying the bills and with Kyle's help, whooping some ass at on the wrestling circuit, but when Kyle's drug-addict mum hears about the good Mike is doing for her dad and her son, she cottons on and wants in. How will Mike preserve this Win-Win situation for everyone?
Win Win is another Omega-male drama, but Giamatti's performance is sublime and brings a level of humanity to the role that is largely unparalleled. Alex Schaffer's performance as the monosyllabic Kyle is amazing, he literally couldn't have improved on his rendition. As the interactions between Mike and Kyle go from initially hostile to fatherly, he realises that Kyle is now his priority and quite frankly - screw the commission, because this is about people and their capacity to care for each other. Whether it's dementia-suffering grandpa Leo, angsty lost-soul Kyle or even the venomous drug-addicted mother - Mike shows compassion and care to all of them, on top of his wife & kids, in a myriad of ways that - I'm slightly ashamed to say - are real tear-jerkers. It's not all heavy-going thankfully, Mike's best-friend, the recently & bitterly divorced Terry (Bobby Canavale - The Other Guys) steps up to bat, by throwing himself into the assistant wrestling-coach position with a positive effect on the team, providing the comic relief.
Extras: Just the two deleted scenes and a commentary between director Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni.
Whilst Win Win hasn't breached new ground, it's execution is simply fantastic and I, for one, really connected with the story. Definitely worth your time if you get the chance!!