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Win Win (2011)

The notion of an anti-hero is so commonplace these days, finding a truly unflawed altruist in a film is nearly impossible. All the genuine heroes are delegated to fantasy, where characters are stereotypes, and often incapable of doing wrong. Win Win though presents us with an anomaly: A thoroughly nice guy, who has always done the right thing simply because he knows it to be right. Taking a character like this one through a moral gambit is the strongest puzzle piece in Director Thomas McCarthy‘s third film. While an audience will always root for a film’s protagonist, it’s hard not to feel personally invested when that protagonist is an authentic nice guy.

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