Win It All (2017)
Critic Consensus: Win It All finds writer-director Joe Swanberg working in a comparatively mainstream vein -- and striking another collaborative spark with leading man Jake Johnson.
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Win It All is just the latest stellar collaboration between Swanberg and Johnson.
For the high stakes involved, Win It All feels strictly low stakes.
There's enough disreputable behavior bookending the righteousness, and enough solid jokes along the way, to make the effort moderately entertaining.
"Win It All" is a small character drama that, through improvisation, renders relationships impeccably; it's at once specific and universal. But "Win It All" is also a new look for Swanberg. It's the first film he has made that has a script.
Swanberg has delivered his most traditional movie to date -- and for this prolific filmmaker, who spent ages defying conventions, that's nothing short of a radical step forward.
Audience Reviews for Win It All
Simple stories can offer the most sincere acting. On paper, Win It All appears a generic gambling-gone-wrong film. And while the story doesn't deviate too much from this perceived notion, the cast and characters elevate the film exponentially. Particularly, the relationship between brothers Eddie (Johnson) and Ron (Truglio) is incredibly moving and realistic. Lastly, though the film sports comedic actors like Keegan-Michael Key and Joe Lo Truglio, Win It All rarely feels like a comedy. I never found myself laughing, or on the verge of doing so. There are serious implications to the characters' actions; few of those implications positive. But generally, Win It All does manage to put you in a feel-good mood - it'll just take uneasy moments to get there.
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