Saturday, October 22, 2011

Win Win (2011)

Director: Thomas McCarthy. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Melanie Lynskey. 106 min. Rated R. Drama.

A good-hearted New Jersey lawyer, faced with the possibility of going broke, stumbles on a supposed win-win situation: he obtains a court order to support a demented old man, then sticks him in a nursing home, and rakes in the monthly $1500 commission. This film has one giant flaw: terrible use of great actors - especially Amy Ryan. But it also has an ending, or better said, one beautiful ending scene, that makes the flaw forgivable. Consider the ending a simple solution to almost all financial problems families deal with.

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