DVD: Win Win (15)


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After the outstanding The Station Agent and The Visitor, there were very high expectations for Thomas McCarthy's latest slice of human frailty.

It's not quite as good as the previous two, but Win Win is still extremely charming. Paul Giamatti plays Mike, a struggling lawyer and high-school wrestling coach with two children and lots of debt. Mike, in desperation, decides to do something underhand in order to bring in some extra cash, which, in turn, introduces him to Kyle (Alex Shaffer), an unhappy teenage runaway and a potential world beater at wrestling. A host of endearing performances enliven this very relevant comedy-drama.