Well, Tom McCarthy’s film definitely lives up to its title. So far this is one of my favorite films at the fest. It’s fun, extremely well written and executed, brilliantly acted and leaves you with a smile on your face. Win Win is simple but not dumbed down. It’s the King of it’s class and had an entire audience of 1,000 laughing their heads off at 9am — that’s no easy feat! And they don’t even allow coffee in the cinema!

The Players:

  • Director: Thomas McCarthy
  • Writer: Thomas McCarthy, Joe Tiboni
  • Cast: Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Melanie Lynskey, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale, Burt Young
  • Cinematography By: Oliver Bokelberg
  • Original Music By: Lyle Workman

This is a film that shows people how to make a movie — simple, clean, and easy to enjoy. The film is a dram-edy that perfectly walks the line of drama and comedy without ever losing momentum and most importantly doesn’t rely on any romantic undertones (like EVERY other film like this).

Despite being half awake when I walked into the cinema, the film grabbed my attention from the first moment and clipped right along until the perfect ending — that in any other film would have been corny, but in this film it was just wrapped up everything you needed and left you satisfied on all fronts.

The film repeats a number of themes which makes the audience feel like they’re constantly on the inside of the joke and therefore more a part of the family on screen. Never before have I heard the word “shit” used so intelligently and humorously.

The cherries on top were the brilliant relationship and the chemistry on screen between all the actors. Giamatti and Amy Ryan felt like they had lived their entire lives together. They play off one another beautifully, never upstaging the other but always building each other up. Alex Shaffer looks like Patrick Swayze from Point Break but acts more like Keanu Reeves. I have no idea if he’s a real actor but he definitely was perfect for the part.


Luckily this film has already been picked up by Fox Searchlight because it deserves a spot in theaters. Skip all the other crappy, romantic and/or comedies out there that have no real depth or execution — this is the feel good, uplifting film you need to see. Great film, don’t miss it.

Rating: 9/10

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