If you see only one film titled Win Win this year…well, you actually have a choice of two. Win Win is an American film starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan that tells the story of a lawyer who does a not-so-ethical thing for money. Win/Win, meanwhile, is a Dutch film playing at Filmfest DC tonight and tomorrow about a young stockbroker who’s great at his job — but, eventually, not so happy about it. Here’s a breakdown of what each offers.
Win Win: Middle-aged lawyer finds his moral compass
Win/Win: 20-something stockbroker finds his moral compass
Win Win: A teenage boy who’s really good at wrestling saves the protagonist’s team
Win/Win: A shy stockbroker who’s really bad at trading wins the protagonist’s sympathy
FEEL-GOOD PLOT POINT
Win Win: Kid finds a new family!
Win/Win: Bad trader finds a new friend!
FEEL-BAD PLOT POINT
Win Win: A secret-revealing lawsuit
Win/Win: A sudden death
LIVES UP TO ITS TITLE?
Win Win: Yes, absolutely.
Win/Win: No, stay away.