We’re still in the first quarter of 2011, but the best film I’ve seen so far is Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win. The Fox Searchlight release wowed audiences at Sundance and will surely do the same at South by Southwest in advance of its March 18 release date. A dramatic sports comedy, it stars Paul Giamatti as a lawyer by day, wrestling coach by night who finds himself the defacto guardian of a troubled young man who also happens to be a superstar wrestler. Together, the boy (played by newcomer Alex Shaffer) and coach enrich and complicate the lives of all around them, including Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale and Jeffrey Tambor. The film is heartfelt and hilarious.
On the site we’ve already reviewed the film, both on video and in print, spoken to the co-writer/director Tom McCarthy and highlighted the trailer. Now, we’ve found two clips from the film as well as a featurette that’ll get you stoked for one of the best movies of 2011 so far, Win Win.
Thanks to The Movie Box for the heads up on all of these videos. The clips in particular could be considered spoilers, just because they reveal jokes from the movie, but they will in no way lessen your enjoyment of the film. Just to be safe, though, first we’ll show the studio approved featurette.
Next up is a clip called “Eminem.”
Finally, a clip called “Heart Attack.”
Sorry, neither of those clips were embeddable, so instead we linked them to YouTube.
Win Win will open in limited release on March 18. Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Tom McCarthy, acclaimed writer/ director of THE VISITOR and THE STATION AGENT, once again explores the depths and nuances of human relationships in his new film about the allegiances and bonds between unlikely characters. Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. McCarthy’s deft touch with balancing drama and comedy, broken hearts and poignant humanity is at play in WIN WIN.