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Win Win | 2011 | R | - 3.3.6

A disillusioned attorney (Paul Giamatti) is moonlighting as a wrestling coach for a New Jersey high school, when he discovers a new star athlete (Alex Shaffer), who's come to live with his sick grandfather. The coach becomes involved in an unethical agreement and nearly loses everything, and the boy's mother (Melanie Lynskey) appears, just out of rehab, and looking for a meal ticket. Also with Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor and Burt Young. Directed by Tom McCarthy. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man tells a friend that his ex-wife is having sex regularly with a repairman, in the Jacuzzi. A man says that a locker room has the good smell of self-abuse. An elderly man tells an attorney that nothing is going on between him and his nurse.
 During a panic attack suffered by one man, his male friend lies on top of him on the ground to warm him up when two women stop to stare and the scene ends.
 A man on a running trail pulls down his tights and points his buttocks at his male friend, and the second man takes a picture. A woman appears in two scenes in a low-cut top that reveals moderate cleavage. Two high school boy's wrestling teams wear tight spandex singlets.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A teen boy refuses to leave with his drug-addicted mom, and when she insists he throws her onto her bed, covers her mouth with one hand, shakes her, and shouts at her to stay away from him.
 A woman threatens to punch another woman, but refrains from doing so. Several arguments occur between family members and friends. A man that is frustrated with the wrestling team stands outside the coach's house and screams. A teen boy and a man argue and wrestle in the man's front yard. A man and a woman have a loud argument and both cry briefly. A teen boy comes to a man's house and shouts at him, but soon they reconcile. Two attorneys argue about bills in their practice while one plunges a clogged toilet several times. Two coaches argue about the team training. A coach yells loudly at a team.
 A teen boy has a bruise under his eye but refuses to tell a woman what happened. A woman asks a teen boy if his tattoos hurt and he says they did not. A woman says that she thinks a teen boy's mom struck him in the face and that she wants to beat her and kill her. We hear that a woman's boyfriend beat her son and then left her when she went into drug rehab. A coach says a match is a bloodbath. A high school wrestler tells his teammates that when he is on the bottom of a hold, he imagines that his opponent is holding his head under water, trying to kill him, and he will do "whatever the… it takes to free himself."
 A man suffers a panic attack on a running path and his male friend knocks him down and tells him to relax; the first man cannot breath and we hear that they thought he was having a heart attack (he was not).
 A teen wrestler asks his coach to slap him on the side of the head on his headgear for good luck and extra energy; the coach hesitates but does so, and all of the other team members ask to have this done too and the coach complies. A wrestler is eliminated from a match for performing a body slam on one opponent, and then slamming another boy into a padded perimeter wall outside the circle of play. A teen boy is pinned by a larger boy, is able to stand up after the coach shouts prompts at him, and he runs off the mat as the crowd cheers and laughs.


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LANGUAGE 6 - About 15 F-words, 40 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, name-calling (scumbag, moron, Eminem, stupid, convict, pancake, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, punks, ferret, fierce, druggie, in Happyland (dementia), old man, spooky, creepy), exclamations (shut up), stereotypical references to high school boys, senior citizens, retirement centers, sports coaches, attorneys, African Americans, Native Americans, drug addicts, single mothers, 8 religious profanities, 14 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - We hear that a woman is a drug addict in a rehab program for several months and a woman is referred to as a "druggie." Two men drink beer from bottles and later drink whiskey, three adults have beer bottles in front of them at a pizza shop, a man sits in front of an open beer bottle on his kitchen table, a bartender serves a bottle of beer to a customer and pours gin into a tall glass, we see dozens of liquor bottles on a bar, and a woman says she is hung-over three times. A 16-year-old boy smokes a cigarette in four scenes, a woman smokes one cigarette in each of two scenes, a man twice pulls a single cigarette from a pack and smokes it, and a woman tells a teen boy that he should not smoke and he agrees and quits.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Problems of aging, legal and moral ethics, not giving up, family, friends, ambition, compassion, conflict, second chances, autonomy, financial problems, drug addiction, redemption, dysfunctional relationships.

MESSAGE - Hope can be found even in seemingly hopeless situations.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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