Win Win: **** going on *****
You expect Tom McCarthy to be marvellous: The Station Agent and The Visitor set a high bar. But this new one can more than hold its own: it has a morally complex story, a real development, lovely acting from everyone. It’s a feel-good piece, but has no hint of vulgarity about it. Apropos the performances, it’s a decent game to work out which one would rate the highest. The lawyer-hero is obviously in with a chance, but his wife may sneak ahead with a masterly understatement. Watch out for the troubled affluent idler: reminiscent of the Ted Danson role in the TV show, Bored to Death. The film has notes of Juno but it will stand well against all those great sports movies as well.