DIRECTOR: Thomas McCarthy.
CAST: Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey, Nina Arianda, David Thompson, Clare Foley.
SYNOPSIS: Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) supports his young, New Jersey family and wife Jackie (Ryan) by working as a lawyer and school wrestling coach. With his law firm seeing little commission and a tempting financial offer on the horizon, Mike finds himself at the heart of dementia-stricken client Leo Poplar’s (Young) domestic affairs, with troubled teenage grandson Kyle (Shaffer) having just arrived on Leo’s doorstep. Mike takes Kyle under his wing, strengthening his self-image once again through wrestling, until his drug-addicted mother (Lynskey) arrives on the scene, disturbing the peace.
Giamatti’s Mike may be described as a “pillar of the community”, but don’t let this dupe you into thinking he plays the simple, downtrodden everyman here. Continue reading