Win It All (Film) Review


Straight to it tonight, ‘cos this lady’s got to pack and be up at 3.30am. That’s right, it’s mother fucking holiday time – woooooooo!

That’s not to take anything away from the lovely and talented (if you like that sort of thing) Jake Johnson, who stars in this new Netflix Original film directed by Joe Swanberg (of Drinking Buddies fame).

Win It All (2017)

IMDB Synopsis

Eddie Garrett agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When he discovers cash in the bag, he’s unable to resist the temptation and winds up deeply in debt. When the prison release is shortened, Eddie suddenly has a small window of time to win all the money back.

Jake Johnson’s Eddie is a loveable loser (who knew?), down on his luck more times than he’s up but that’s okay, right? It’s charming and funny and all his buddies love him, just the way he is.

One day a crooked acquaintance naively entrusts Eddie with a secret mission. Hold on to a mystery bag while he does prison time. Don’t look in the bag, don’t think about the bag, just hold it until he’s out. The keepers fee is a cool $10k so whatever, right?

Well this film would be rather dull if everybody did what they were told, and Eddie by nature is not the sensible type. So when he realises there’s a considerable stack of cash in the bag, he sees no harm in gambling five gees, because he’ll win it back, right? And then some?

“Have you seen a film called Keanu…?”

His friend, and sponsor, Gene (Keegan-Michael Key) strongly persuades him not to do this given his track record with good fortune, but well you can guess how it goes down. And luck be a lovable loser tonight because at first the chips are up and everyone’s happy, particularly Eddie as not only has he won big (ish) at cards, he’s also met a cool girl with a lot of potential. Ah.

This film isn’t built around the most intricate of plots. It’s about peaks and troughs, and having to make decisions and do the right thing if you want to move forward. It’s about when to stick and when to fold. So when shit hits the fan with the ‘borrowed’ money and Eddie finds himself twenty grand down, he turns to his brother, who gives him a job in the family business and some responsibility. Finally.

Can Eddie deal with this new pace of life, as he gets to grips with a different perspective, a new relationship with a single mother and a life without gambling in it?

Hmmmmm. Peaks and troughs, remember?


Will Eddie mess it up with his new flame Eva (Aislinn Derbez) before it’s even begun? Will he get back the money he’s taken to avoid being horribly killed? And more importantly will he learn the ultimate life lesson – and indeed, win it all? 

You probably have a fair idea already.

I’m not really that smitten with this movie tbh because it just seems pointless. Though ultimately *SPOILER* Eddie may learn what’s important to him, it’s via a very vicarious route so you wonder if a short way down the line he’s going to fuck it all up anyway.

Of course, once the credits roll it’s not my concern but I think I’m trying to say I don’t buy the new Eddie? Even though he’s nice and all. I don’t know. I was left feeling a little flat, that’s all.

“Don Johnson called, he wants his threads back!”

Jake Johnson, I can’t work out if I fancy him or whether he really, really irritates me. I feel like he plays to type and that type is beginning to grate on my one remaining nerve. I love the supporting cast, love Gene and Eddie’s circle of friends, while I really enjoy his brother Ron (the amazing Joe Lo Truglio) and the chemistry they enjoy.

I believe in the central romance too, and enjoy the pace in which is develops. So if you look at this for those relationships and the details, as I guess you’re meant to with mumblecore, then it’s not a bad film at all. It was just a bit meh.

The human version of the looky eyes emoji

My Rating


What did my beloved make of this? Is she all in, or ready to cash out her chips ASAP? Find out here. ❤

2 thoughts on “Win It All (Film) Review

  1. “Jake Johnson, I can’t work out if I fancy him or whether he really, really irritates me.” YES. Truer words have never been spoken.
    I found the ending weirdly uplifting. Like this was obviously never going to be Requiem for a Dream, but it seems like the biggest cop-out to solve a gambling problem with…gambling. And he only stopped because of the panic/heart attack, so I wasn’t sure that final scene was necessarily going to last. I mean, it’s great if he got his gambling addiction under control, but did he really?
    As with most things, more Keegan-Michael Key would’ve made this infinitely better.


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