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Coming from A High School Student,
This review is from: Sideways (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
I browsed through 50 or so of our amazon reviewers' critiques (they are quite conflicting!) and realized an important distinction. If you are one who finds it difficult to appreciate the beauty and to induce light-hearted humor from the visceral strifes of aging individuals, people who are sure that they are beginning the downhill trend in their secular pleasures, then this film is not for you.
Sideways must be approached with the attitude, "Man, I've been down in the gutters before and it wasn't good, but looking back now, I can smile upon some of my faults and appreciate what I now have today." Like watching young babies learning to walk, it can be funny when they do not succeed in their antics and end up fumbling around. They will eventually learn to walk! Sideways is a movie about the process, the mistakes, and not the end result.
I watched this on a return flight from Frankfurt to San Francisco and was seated between two 6'3", overstressed, sullen male adults. At the end of the movie, the three of us (and a large number of others on the flight), were laughing together and reminiscing about the characters in Sideways. Coming from the Bay Area, I can assure u that the demography seated on the plane was most diverse. Teenagers and adults of all ages seemed to have appreciated the movie.
Some will view Sideways as dull, crude (the director uses the female cast much like Hemingway does in his novels), or linear (the characters are not catastrophically changed by the end). Nonetheless, I assure you that it will not hurt to try out the movie! Loosen inhibitions generated by critiques and forget the lofty preconceptions stimulated by adoring fans. Given 2 hrs to watch any movie in the world, one of this caliber should definitely not be overlooked.