The scheme hits a snag with the sudden arrival of Leo’s long-estranged grandson, Kyle (newcomer Alex Shaffer). Eager to keep things on track, Mike becomes a surrogate father for the troubled teen. The unexpected houseguest even proves to be another boon for Mike, as Kyle is a gifted wrestler, and the high school team Mike coaches in his downtime desperately needs the help.
Distinguished by strong performances and a generosity to its flawed characters, “Win Win” mostly avoids stumbling into domestic melodrama. It’s funny and wise — always a welcome combo — and also very much a film of today, a tale of desperate measures in financially desperate times. —Phil Bacharach