Sunday, February 13, 2011

TRAILER: Paul Giamatti's "Win Win"

PLOT: Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty (Giamatti), who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete (Shaffer) through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy's mother (Lynskey) shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.

DIRECTOR: Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor and The Station Agent)

CAST: Paul Giamatti, newcomer Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone and "The Office"), Melanie Lynskey ("Two and a Half Men" and Up in the Air), Bobby Cannavale ("Will & Grace"), Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Margo Martindale ("Dexter")

VERDICT: The trailer doesn't seem to match up with the IMDb plot description. It was cut to look like a coming of age, indie sports drama where a man grows as he raises a wayward teen, but it seems like it might be more of a family drama than anything else. That only matters to me because I hate misleading trailers. That aside, Giamatti and McCarthy churn out solid work, so it's a definite rental.

Release Date: March 18

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