Paul Giamatti playing a stressed out attorney who moonlights as a high-school wrestling coach? Sounds about right. Giamatti’s character suffering a panic attack while out for a run? Also not surprising. Fellow jogger Bobby Cannavale literally mounting Giamatti to warm him up after said panic attack? Well, we weren’t exactly expecting that… but that’s exactly the spectacle we’re treated to in the below exclusive clip from the Fox Searchlight comedy “Win Win,” currently showing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Written and directed by Thomas McCarthy — a.k.a. the guy who plays Dr. Bob from “Meet the Parents” and “Little Fockers” — “Win Win” stars Giamatti as struggling lawyer and volunteer high-school wrestling coach Mike Flaherty, who takes on guardianship of an elderly client in a desperate last-ditch effort to keep his law practice afloat. Things begin to look up for Mike when the client’s teenage grandson (Alex Shaffer) runs away from home, shows up on his grandfather’s doorstep and ends up becoming Mike star wrestler. But then the boy’s mother (Melanie Lynskey) arrives, fresh out of rehab and without a dollar to her name, threatening to turn Mike’s win-win proposition into a huge loss.
Judging by the very amusing clip, the film’s premise, the strong ensemble cast — Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor and Burt Young also star — and the fact that Fox Searchlight is distributing it, we wouldn’t be surprised if “Win Win” ends up being one of this year’s indie breakout hits. “Win Win” hits theaters March 25.
What did you think of the “Win Win” clip? Do you think the movie will be good?