Average Rating: 8.5/10
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An emotional and heartfelt comedy.
Average Rating: 8.8/10
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Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 2
An emotional and heartfelt comedy.
Average Rating: 3.4/5
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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
Sep 13, 2004 Wide
Apr 5, 2005
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Payne does know how to capture two kinds of male menopause. But I can't say he ever surprised me.
Sideways stays resolutely life-size. And that, in this age of hype and hyperventilation, may be the most radical thing about it.
Payne has made a movie for the same sorts of people, one with body and 'nose' and character that movie lovers will savor long after the credits have rolled.
This isn't the sort of road comedy we're used to seeing. Its humor is more likely to provoke smiles and light chuckles than guffaws.
The film's Cassavetes-style aimlessness (think of it as a West Coast Husbands) gets a jolt when each of the guys pairs up with a willing woman.
"Sideways" is about wine aged to perfection sipped by men who've aged to mediocrity - softer, hornier versions of Walter and The Dude. But Miles's brutal honesty is its soul. He's annoyingly, depressingly out there, but never fraudulent.
Giamatti handily raises what could've been a pedestrian road trip romance into the stratosphere of a world-class character study
Sideways is often very charming and funny with some rapid fire clever dialogue, and the central cast handles it with grace.
This wonderfully satisfying study in human nature is funny and sad and profoundly entertaining from start to finish.
Sideways is the first of Payne's films in which we have the chance to really care for the characters; he reins in his harsh satire better than before.
This one's like to appeal greatly to the 30-40 somethings that are getting more and more into bourgeois sports such as yachting, polo or wine tasting.
The year's second best movie about broken and lonely people (after Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
In Payne's overarching triumph, Sideways is a sensitive, to the point of disturbing, expose of love....love that can blossom with that high school hallway sweetness even in the withered garden of midlife.
Brilliantly observed characters are becoming second nature to Payne and Taylor, and the performances here are uniformly terrific. This is wonderful, original stuff.
A study of friendship, disappointment and self-deception, Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne, has at its centre the most leisurely of bachelor parties: it's a road movie that stops off at vineyards.
...a leisurely paced film about introspection, neurosis and finding tranquility.
Sideways is a darkly comical and courageous journey of two ordinary middle-aged men whose only aspirations are to move forward in life.
- Miles Raymond: Quaffable but far from transcending.
- Jack Lapate: See? rigth there... that's beautiful. A smudge of excrement... I could never write that.
- Jack Lapate: Youre a bad, bad, girl Stephanie.
- Stephanie: I know and I need to be spanked.
- Miles Raymond: It tastes like the back of a fucking L.A. school bus. Now they probably didn't de-stem, hoping for some semblance of concentration, crushed it up with leaves and mice, and then wound up with this rancid tar and turpentine bullshit. Fuckin' Raid.
- Jack Lapate: Tastes pretty good to me.
- Jack Lapate: Listen, man. Cammi gets off in an hour, so I was thinking I'd just hang around and have a drink, and make sure she gets home safe.
- Jack Lapate: If they want to drink Merlot, we're drinking Merlot.
- Miles Raymond: No, if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!
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