Directed by Thomas McCarthy, Win Win is a tight, low budget drama about a high school wrestling coach and lawyer in a small town, who is trying to get through life and do the right thing.  Everything about this movie went right.

Paul Giamatti is great as the understated and stressed out Mike.  His law practice is crumbling, he’s running out of money and his wrestling team can’t win a match.  In desperation, he decides to become the guardian to one of his rich aging clients when the client’s grandson mysteriously shows up one day.  He turns out to be a troubled kid, but a great wrestler.

Beyond that, it’s hard to tell you more without giving away the surprises. It’s a tight, low budget drama that’s also funny at points. The story is engaging, the characters feel real and there’s not an ounce of fat in the movie. McCarthy shows you rather than tells and he doesn’t take his audience for granted. This movie is about the small victories in life, so don’t expect car chases, gun fights or vampires. It’s just an entertaining story about real people.

I give Win Win 9 out of 10 keggers. Totally worth seeing.