A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
With ample motivation, the help of friends and loved ones, as well as with a little luck, it's possible to turn one's life around, no matter how far one has fallen.
Positive Role Models
The likable hero, a degenerate gambler with a dead-end life, faces numerous obstacles, most of which he has brought on himself, but strives to turn his life around. After succumbing to his addiction, and several false starts, he begins to make the crucial transition. Though he's disappointed the people who care for him many times before, they prove to be supportive and exhibit faith in him despite his past behavior. Portrays solid family relationships. Ethnic diversity throughout.
Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kisses. One scene shows passionate embracing and kissing played in shadows, leading to off-screen sex. No nudity.
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Frequent profanity: "f--k," "s--t," "Jesus Christ," "bulls--t," "asshole," "vagina."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in multiple scenes (beer, shots). Characters smoke, and in one scene use marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Win It All is a 2017 Netflix Original movie. It's an offbeat, character-driven drama, with plenty of humor, about a down-on-his-luck inveterate gambler. Once again, director Joe Swanberg, noted for his naturalistic, improvisational movies, tells an intimate story with topnotch performers. His hero, not unexpectedly, falls prey to his addiction to gaming -- or more likely his addiction to losing money -- and then must extricate himself from the possibly dire consequences of his behavior. Expect suspense, romance, and lots of profanity (i.e., "f--k," "s--t," "asshole"). Characters drink, smoke, and, in one scene, use marijuana. One brief sequence shows two lovers in passionate embraces and foreplay; no nudity. Mature situations and themes make this appropriate only for teens and adults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Solid acting and a fresh take on a compulsive gambler's life combine with charm supplied by indie director Joe Swanson to make this smart film a well-balanced mix of suspense, heart, and humor. It's hard not to root for the incorrigible Eddie, even though his humongous, inevitable mistakes are telegraphed early, from miles down the track. Jake Johnson (who cowrote the script) makes the most of this original, multifaceted character. He's surrounded by a talented ensemble of improv performers: Key of Key and Peele, Lo Triglio of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Derbez, a celebrated Mexican actress. Even better news, though we're in Eddie's corner from the start, the outcome is in question until the final scenes. And, the multiple poker games are just detailed enough so that they never become repetitious or tiresome. Thoughtful, naturalistic, with both funny and touching moments, Win It All is worth seeing for older teens and their parents.
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