“Win Win” (2011)

This underrated and hidden gem, from Spotlight director Tom McCarthy, is a wonderful film. Ostensibly a film about wrestling, but really a complex film about relationships, this film offers us many different characters that are all given clear motivations for what they do, even when those decisions are less than stellar, and it invites us to understand them without judgment. This might be one of the more human films about relationships I’ve seen, and the relationship that sprouts between Kyle and the Flaherty family feels incredibly natural and likable. The acting is great, there are some genuinely funny moments, some very well-executed emotional moments, and the film feels genuine, like these characters are real people. If you haven’t seen this film please at least give it a chance, because it deserves to be talked about way more than it is.

Rating: 5/5

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