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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Think "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Little Miss Sunshine." In many ways, Win Win fits that mold, which should make it McCarthy's most broadly appealing movie to date.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Win Win, it turns out, isn't a tale of facile victory. It's a movie about how loss makes everyone do things they'll both defend and regret.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The story feels believable as a witty chronicle of human behavior, in contrast with the self-consciously satirical style of some indie films and the far-fetched heroics of big studio fare.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Mature dramedy triumphs with grace and wisdom.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this excellent indie dramedy offers lots of wisdom, examining characters caught at the crossroads of mid-life through clear lenses that are refreshingly unburdened by clichés. Yes, there’s plenty of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," etc.) and some mature themes -- including a mother's drug addiction, which sends her teenage boy adrift, hungering for structure and safety. But there are also plenty of stand-up characters who, despite their flaws, make you believe in a world of hope and optimism.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. What do you take away from watching?
  • Are the characters in the movie intended to be role models? What do they learn over the course of the story?
  • What does the movie say about male friendships? About marriage?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie's main message is that even though the best intentioned among us can make bad decisions, those decisions can be undone by good intentions and -- better yet -- honest follow-through. Also, inspiration comes from surprising sources.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Kyle may be rough around the edges, but he’s principled and seeking improvement. Mike’s wise because of his years, though not wise enough to avoid making poor choices. But he’s a stand-up guy who cleans up his own mess. Mike’s wife knows how to support those she loves without losing herself.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A teenage boy shoves another; he also yells at an adult. Adults yell and argue.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some sexual innuendo.

  • language false4

    Language: Language includes several uses of "f--k," plus “s--t” (uttered by a child at one point), "hell," "damn," "ass," "a--hole," "crap," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character is a former addict in the early stages of recovery. Some social drinking.