Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I love independent films. There’s something utterly fascinating about people, places and situations that seem routine and normal. But we really know there is nothing normal in everyday life. Win Win looks and feels routine like something that we know. That’s because it is. The people look real, and the places seem normal compared to most typical hyped up Hollywood blockbusters that portray beautiful people and beautiful places. Paul Giamatti who plays Mike Flaherty is like the guy next door who gets up every morning and leaves for work.
Little does Mike realize that he will soon be drawn into the family affairs of his client Leo Poplar. Arriving on the doorstep of Poplar’s home is runaway teenager Kyle Timmons (Alex Shaffer) his grandson from Columbus, Ohio. Things start to get complicated as Mike takes in the runaway teenager to live in his home.
Did I say that I absolutely love this movie? It’s really funny in a quiet way. The performances are outstanding not only from Paul Giamatti but also from the entire supporting cast. All of the characters are well written and display a great amount of depth. I especially like Amy Ryan who plays Mike’s wife Jackie, his best friend Terry Delfino played by Bobby Cannavale, and of course Kyle. And don’t forget Burt Young whom you might remember from the Rocky franchise.
For some Christians, the R rating will be a problem. But there is only some minor language issue. I don’t think it should be a deterrent to you seeing this movie because it offers an overall positive message. Frankly, I hate the rating system because sometimes an R-rated movie that is more appropriate is viewed in a negative light compared to some PG-13 movies that are inappropriate and contain heavy doses of sexuality and violence.
Here’s the deal. When you go the rental store (if you still do that), you’ll see a hundred copies of the latest Hollywood blockbuster. And maybe if you are lucky, there will be a couple copies of Win Win. Don’t let that deter you from thinking Win Win is not a movie worthy of your consideration. Take the road less traveled. Take a copy of Win Win home.