Win Win (2011)

Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is a small time attorney in New Jersey who teaches high school wrestling to support his family. When an opportunity arises at work that allows him to lighten his burden to support his family, he takes it. Complications arise when a teenager, Kyle Timmons (Alex Shaffer), arrives in town.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen wrestling in movies before and this really opened my eyes. Alex Shaffer is such a skinny kid but boy, he can really wrestle! The title of this post is named after his signature move. It was really exciting to see the other wrestlers use Kyle’s move. But it’s not all about wrestling though Kyle’s involvement made Flaherty’s team shine brighter than it ever did.

Most importantly, Kyle’s purpose in New Jersey traces back to Flaherty’s case and it all boils down to making the morally right choice. From then on, the movie was rather predictable but I guess it’s the way to go since you want it to end the way it should. Alex Shaffer really brought out how a teenager should be – one-syllable responses and in the final scene, a silent act of acceptance that tries not be to be a big deal. I was pleasantly surprised to see Margo Martindale in the movie! Congrats on her Best Supporting Actress nomination for Justified at this year’s Emmys!

3 and a half out of 5 stars


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