Paul Giamatti is a gifted actor who has made a career of being the sweet schlub who always messes up spectacularly before he finds loving redemption. And he does so, wonderfully, in "Win Win."
Here he plays Mike, an attorney with a sinking law practice who becomes the guardian of his elderly client Leo (Burt Young). Mike sees it as a way to make extra cash without having to tell his wife (Amy Ryan) of their money woes. Everybody wins, right?
Wrong. Leo's grandson Kyle (newcomer Alex Shaffer) shows up after running away from home. His mom's in rehab and Leo's in a nursing home so Mike has to take him in — much to his wife's dismay.
Kyle turns out to be a nice kid and an awesome wrestler — and Mike just happens to moonlight as coach for a struggling high school team. Score! Or, perhaps not.
Writer/director Tom McCarthy ("The Station Agent") sets us up for a team sports film and then quietly turns it into something more satisfying. The actors are terrific, including comically offbeat Jeffrey Tambor and Bobby Cannavale as Mike's buddies and wrestling fans.