His last two endeavors as a director have been with The Station Agent and the critically acclaimed The Visitor.
With his return we get a terrific indie comedy with Win Win. Paul Giamatti plays a lawyer to the elderly that is struggling financially and on the side he teaches wrestling at the local high school.
He is forced to house one of his client with dementia and decide to take the man under his guardianship. That guardianship comes with a lot more then he expected as his grandson shows up on his doorstep looking for help and no place to go.
Win Win is the kind of indie-comedy-drama that you expect to see at Sundance and what we've come to expect from Tom McCarthy, but the performances by Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, and newcomer Alex Shaffer brings a refreshing ease to the story and depth to the characters. Which is something you can only expect from an actor behind the camera with McCarthy.
Along with terrific performances we get a screenplay that creates an ensemble character depth that is meaningful, heartbreaking and mostly hilarious. This is slated to release in March so if you can't catch it at Sundance I highly recommend this as I'm sure we'll be hearing more about this film throughout the year.