Coming To Theatres (not) Everywhere

I will start this post by mentioning the movie Win Win. Tom and I saw it a couple of days ago in Salt Lake and we absolutely loved it. Besides the fact that it came in at ninety five percent on the Tomato Meter,  we were excited about this film because we love Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan.  Needless to say, they did not disappoint! This offbeat gem of a movie was perfectly written, perfect cast and  perfectly natural in every way.

Giamatti plays Mike Flaherty, a small time, down on his luck lawyer who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach. Ryan plays his wife Jackie, who is a loving and protective mother. (You could consider this role the polar opposite of the one she plays in Gone Baby Gone... also one of my favorites)  They are the sweet parents of two little girls and they live an traditionally average life.

Enter Kyle (Alex Shaffer), a teenage delinquent that through a series of (dishonest) choices made by Mike, ends up living with the Flaherty's. We quickly find out that although he is quite mislead, thanks to his wretched "druggie" of a mother, he has one goal in mind... to be loved. He brings an excitement and an edge to not only The Flaherty's, but to the whole high school wrestling team.

My favorite part of this movie, besides Amy Ryan? Mike's two assistant coaches and best friends played by Bobby Cannavale and Jeffery Tambor (Arrested Development). These fantastic and fully developed characters will have you laughing at every line. What can I say? I loved this movie! The way it unravels is smart, witty and full of heart. Every character adds more dimension to this already brilliant story.  I would confidently and safely recommend this to everyone.

A Win Win kind of film, indeed.

 If you would like to see this Sundance Film Festival Winner and you 
live in Utah, it is playing at The Broadway Theatre in Salt Lake.

I am patiently awaiting these:

I know, it's HBO and I since we don't have that channel, 
I may be waiting forever. However, it looks great. Have 
I mentioned how I adore Kate Winslet?


Brody Valerga said...

You shoulda told me you was coming up.

lyndsey said...

We was gonna, but than we thought better of it.