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Sideways

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2004
  • Alexander Payne
  • 121 mins
  • 15

Summary

Oscar-winning romantic comedy drama starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church. With the nuptials of his best friend Jack approaching, wine connoisseur Miles decides to take him on a road trip to California's wine country. Miles wants to imbibe and give Jack a good send-off, but the latter just wants to sleep with as many women as possible.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

This dissection of American social mores is the finest and most perfectly formed movie yet from director Alexander Payne. Middle-aged mates Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) take a trip to California's wine country to celebrate the latter's upcoming wedding. But Miles's wine-tasting plans get sidelined by Jack's desperation for a last fling and his attempts to set Miles up with an equally grape-savvy waitress (Virginia Madsen). Thanks to astonishing performances from Giamatti (a rumpled bundle of nervous self-loathing), Church (a deliciously deadpan but fading Casanova) and the Oscar-nominated Madsen, Payne's richly rewarding comedy is of the best vintage. Finding a middle ground between his last two films - the explicitly satirical Election and the overly bleak About Schmidt - Payne's gloriously picaresque analysis of midlife crises does exactly as the title suggests. It takes oblique glances at the buddy flick and road movie by skewering both with poignancy, truth and consistent wit to give a fresh vitality to each well-worn genre. It fully deserved every award it received, and a lot more.

Credits

Cast

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Miles RaymondPaul Giamatti
Jack LopateThomas Haden Church
MayaVirginia Madsen
StephanieSandra Oh
Miles's motherMarylouise Burke
VictoriaJessica Hecht
CammiMissy Doty
Cammi's husbandM C Gainey
Christine ErganianAlysia Reiner
Mrs ErganianShaké Toukhmanian

Crew

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DirectorAlexander Payne

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2005-01-28
Languages
English | Armenian | French
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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