Paul Giamatti’s fast becoming a by-word for good acting and great comedy. Considering his versatile talents, it’s certain that comedy’s not something he’s giving up, as we can see with Win-Win appearing on the interwebs.
Win-Win is a bit of an odd tale. Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) is a down-on-his-luck lawyer in a small American town who dreams of something bigger and better. To pass the time, he coaches wrestling at the local high school. It’s not the best lifestyle, but soon it all changes.
He becomes the legal guardian of a wealthy old man, shoves the old guy into a care home and keeps the money. Problem is, soon afterwards his household becomes the new home of a wayward youth – namely, the old man’s grandson, shortly followed by his crazy, drug-addled mother. In the midst of all this, he sees the light – the boy’s a wrestling prodigy, and together they seek to take him as far as possible.
Sound mental enough to you, yet? It sounds like it’s going to be fairly funny, and if anything, fairly powerful, too. The TFR crew are keen to see it (the wrestling theme reminds me of The World According to Garp – Ed.), and we’d imagine you are too after Giamatti’s sterling (not to mention award-winning) performance in Barney’s Version. The trailer’s up, too – you can find it over at the Apple website, here.