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Sideways (2004)

Cast: Paul Giamatti, Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, more...
Director: Alexander Payne, Alexander Payne
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Comedies, Quest, Road Movies
Running Time: 127 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Directed by Alexander Payne, Sideways follows Miles (Paul Giamatti), who is distressed about his lack of success as a novelist, and Jack (Thomas Haden Church), an equally unsuccessful actor with a rapidly approaching wedding. In a last-ditch effort to sow their wild oats, Jack and Miles take off on a final road trip to California's wine country the week prior to Jack's wedding. Both men have goals for the vacation -- Miles wants to turn Jack on to the art of wine tasting, while Jack is concerned with exploiting his last days as a bachelor -- but when the two men come across two fascinating women (Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh), the duo is forced to examine their morality, and if maturity isn't such a depressing prospect -- at least, for one of them. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

Read GreenCine's exclusive interview: Ruth, Tracy Flick, Schmidt - characters drive the stories Alexander Payne directs and co-writes with Jim Taylor. Sean Axmaker talks to them about their film Sideways, about durable friendships, and of course, about good wine. Full article >>

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Wine, Middle age and swill buckets. by speakreflection November 1, 2006 - 8:33 AM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Although I don't find this moving to be as great as i've heard people say. I found it at times to be seriously engaging and full of real emotionally charged words. Giamatti obviously steals the show here. The mortally wounded heartbreak that breathes through his pores doesn't hide with the wine. It is brung out past the masks his character had built up. Even pseudo-intelluctals get broken. Thomas Haden Church I found to be almost annoying (ala Vince Vaughn in Made)with his self centered selfish behavior. (Spoiler) Watching Sandra Oh built the crap out of him was rather funny. Considering that you knew he would have to make up some excuse to his fiancee.
Virginia Madsen falls into the cracks almost. Watching Giamatti drink himself under as she tries to continue is almost painful to watch (you want to slap him silly).
An excellent movie to watch before your own mid life crisis. Or maybe during.

should have been a better film... by mahenry January 2, 2006 - 3:23 AM PST
2 out of 8 members found this review helpful
...thanks to a brilliant screenplay and a genius performance by paul giamatti. unfortunately, this lovely gem was mucked by deficient cinematography-- at times looked like it had been shot in 16mm-- very distracting! i dont mind rough looking footage like in the dogme95 films, but here there was no reason for it, and no consistency-- just obvious flaws, particularly in some washed out exterior shots, or those horrid candles inside the restaurant. great movie anyway, but the DP should be shot or retrained as a sausage maker. watch it in spite of this, and think that in the skilled hands of someone like vilmos zsigmond it would have been, by far, the best film of 2004.

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