Movie Review: ‘Win Win’


Last night David and I met up with Tamar and Rob for a fun movie double date and we all had a great time catching up and hanging out. Tam picked the movie, Win Win, and at first I wasn’t all that interested in seeing the movie … but once I paid attention to the premise of the film, I couldn’t wait to see it. Win Win is not only the best movie I’ve seen this year thus far but it’s prolly one of the best movies I’ve seen in the past year.

I saw the trailer for Win Win a couple of months ago in the theater and, to be honest, it didn’t really grab me. When Tam suggested we see it, I gave the trailer another look and really paid attention. It looked, at the very least, cute so we decided to check it out. Win Win is not only a well acted, well written film … but it is a touchingly heartfelt cute movie. Paul Giamatti, who always tends to play the same sort of downtrodden, bad luck-attracting character, turns in a superb performance but it is the break-out star Alex Shaffer who really steals the show. I believe Win Win is Shaffer’s first film and I hope it’s not his last. He really gives a great performance as a troubled teen who finds trust and love from people he never expected. Win Win is one of those indie films that takes a mundane story and elevates it to an emotional, heart string-pulling piece of art. No new ground is broken by this film but we do get a great story, with some great characters … people you actually want to root for. I loved this film entirely. Funny, sad, hopeful and happy … Win Win is deffo worth your time. I think you might like it as much as I love it!

The sun is shining brightly today as the temps are finally warming up here in SoCal. I might have to get outside to soak up some sun. It’s a new week. Happy Monday!!

  • Mr. Gyllenhaal

    Nice to know…I have never heard of this movie or at least don’t remember hearing about it.

    • @Mr. G — You should see this movie. It is so good. I think you’ll really like it.

    • jenn

      Alex Shaffer is a real wrestler who won states in NJ last year. He is great to watch cause i saw him wrestle in states. I hate that it is a limited release because it isnt playing anywhere near me.

  • Betsy and Sal and their movie man Matt Swan loved Win Win though Betsy and Sal usually stay away from any movie with visually repugnant Paul Giamatti. Listen to their Win Win Review.