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June 6, 2011 / Prof Cupcake.

Win Win’s a Win

This exceptional Indy darling film from Thomas McCarthy is 2011’s BLIND SIDE without the boredom (but still with the platinum dye jobs.)

The film follows down and out lawyer for the elderly Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) who is trying to keep his family solvent in an increasingly harsh economy. After running out of options he opts to become the legal guardian of one of his clients, Leo Polar (Burt Young) who is suffering from the early stages of dementia. Yet his easy payday is complicated with the arrival of Kyle (new comer Alex Shaffer) a sort of down and out youth with no where to go. After bring unintentionally ‘adopted’ by the Flaherty family, Mike and his wife Jackie (Amy Ryan) struggle to figure out just what they are going to do with everyone from Leo and Kyle to Terry Delfino (Bobby Cannavale) Mike’s best friend and a total wreck of an adult.

This film is sensational. With fantastic performances from all of the stars, (except perhaps Alex Shaffer who though great as Kyle comes off a bit dead in the ‘emotional’ scenes.) it is easy to get lost in this fantastic dramadey about life and its many twists and turns.  The writing alone is superb, but it is when it is brought wonderfully to life, particularly by Bobby Cannavale and Paul Giammatti who both clearly relish their characters and the extremes they can push them to, that this film clearly shines.

A truly wonderful film it’s whimsical and witty plot will help you whittle away the hours.

 

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