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In this intoxicating, intelligent comedy, director Alexander Payne (Election, About Schmidt) serves up "one of the best movies of the year" (Entertainment Weekly) about the ups, downs and sideways journeys of life. A wine-tasting road trip through California's famed Central Coast takes an unexpected detour as Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) hit the gas en route to their mid-life crisis. The comically mismatched pair soon find themselves drowning in wine, women... and laughter!
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Well, "Sideways" does live up to its billing, and it does so through one simple virtue -- truth. "Sideways" is an extremely funny and insightful examination of two men struggling with their mediocrity -- one who is all too aware of his shortcomings, and another who uses a pathetic Peter Pan syndrome to keep at bay the harsh glare of reality.
The self-aware guy is Miles (the lovable schlub Paul Giamatti), a recently divorced middle school English teacher who's having a difficult time getting his novel published . . . or even explained. Miles is awash in bitterness, but he knows deep down that he's a sweet guy once you get past the sour layers (of which there are many). The ignorant guy is Jack (Thomas Hayden Church), Miles' freshman roommate from San Diego State and a mildly successful actor. Jack is one of those guys who should be thankful for the successes he has, but is incapable of doing so because by accepting a given success, he is placing a ceiling on his dreams.
The "plot" of "Sideways" revolves around Jack's impending marriage. Engaged to a rich beauty and walking down the aisle on Saturday, Jack gets escorted by Miles for a week of freedom in the California central coast wine country. While wine, for Jack, is a means for getting drunk, it is a religion for Miles.Read more ›
First, what's with the "boring" film thing, if you want exciting I don't know, rent something that's supposed to be exciting with explosions and Bruce Willis. Or if you find it morally ambiguous, consider what movies the director traditionally makes, Election, About Schmidt, these are somewhat dark, slow, depressing movies, rent something with Larry The Cable Guy if that's your thing; point is a little research prevents bad movie choices.
At 28 what I like about this movie is that it recognizes that life is messy and complicated. Considering my limited life experience I recognize that getting older doesn't automatically make someone perfect, responsible, and ethical. Cheating on spouses is not for me, but I've known couples (one of which many would describe as a good couple) who've cheated on each other. I'm not saying this is right but the point is I think people should be able to see some aspects of this story that are similar to their lives. Have you ever had a hard time getting over someone, or has one of your friends??? Ever know anyone who's unable to admit about a problem or won't admit they are in a rut?? I think lots of people feel like this, including myself; the point is there are those moments that give you hope. I'm speaking specifically about Miles in this movie, at one point in time he was much better, (though weak, he did cheat on his wife) Jack describes an entirely cheerier person.Read more ›
Great little cult film, funny and poignant, and with gorgeous Victoria Madsen in a thankful role Miles away from her sex-kitten persona. She's never been lovelier. Cheers!
The things they did were also entirely uninteresting.
There are a few things about this movie that I'll remember and appreciate, which is why it's not one star. There's the Merlot quote and a handful of quotes from the wine tasting montage that collectively make a couple minutes of good cinema. The plot, characters, and dated nature of the film (even though it's not THAT old), I'll do my best to forget. Just go look through the "quotes" in IMDB and see how bored you get. That's a good reflection for this movie as a whole. Completely underwhelming.
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A sad comedy with outstanding performances by all four leads but Giamatti steals the show. Plays one of he nicest drunken wine snobs you'll ever see on the silver screen.Published 6 days ago by Robert A. Grossman
This film is a test to see if you like good movies. It's funny, clever, saucy, and there is no boring part. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Megan Giles
4 Stars. From the director of Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), The Descendants (2011), and Nebraska (2013) comes another well-directed and acted story about human nature. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Chuck
I showed this film at a recent wine tasting party and the ladies loved it! I've seen it before, but never get tired of the california wine country scenery and discussions of some... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very good. The dialogue is great. No reliance on special effects. Just good acting.Published 15 days ago by camanosflower
Second viewing. Don't remember this being quite such a fluff-ball.Published 18 days ago by Christopher B. Murray
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