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Charming, thoughtful, and often funny, Sideways is a decidedly mature road trip comedy full of excellent performances.



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A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack's final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women. Emerging from a haze of pinot noir, wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality.


Sandra Oh
as Stephanie
Jessica Hecht
as Victoria
Alysia Reiner
as Christine Erganian
Shake Toukhmanian
as Mrs. Erganian
M.C. Gainey
as Cammi's Husband
Marylouise Burke
as Mile's Mother
Duke Moosekian
as Erganian, Mike
Robert Covarrubias
as Mile's Building Manager
Patrick Gallagher
as Gary The Bartender
Stephanie Faracy
as Stephanie's Mother
Joe Marinelli
as Frass Canyon Pourer
Chris Burroughs
as Chris At Sanford
Toni Howard
as Evelyn Berman-silverman
Lee Brooks
as Ken Cortland
Peter Dennis
as Leslie Brough
Alison Herson
as Foxen Winery Pourer
Phil Reeves
as Vacationing Dr. Walt Hendricks
Robert Trow
as Obnoxious Golfer
Lacey Rae
as Los Olivos Waitress
Daniel Rogers
as Reciting Eighth Grader
Simon Kassis
as Mini-mart Owner
Sevag Kendirjian
as Armenian Deacon
Heghine (Helen) Harboyan
as Wedding Vocalist
Gohar Toranyan
as Wedding Organist
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  • Oct 19, 2018
    Paul Giamatti gives a brilliant performance in this film. I laugh a little at the pretentiousness of his character as he samples wine and detects the "faintest soupçon of, like, asparagus", but I secretly wish I had his palate and expertise. It's funny to hear him express his strong opinions, e.g. "No, if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!" And then his soft, touching comments on Pinot Noir, reflecting the rewards of patience and care with the grapes, that we relate to patience and care with people. His character is unlikeable at the start - a bitter, depressed, morose killjoy who seems to only one interest, wine, which he drinks in extreme amounts. He seems like an alcoholic and a drag to Thomas Haden Church's character, who is getting married in a week and wants to party on a road trip to wine country. However, as the story unfolds, we see just how much he's been hurt, and how much of a friend he really is to Church, who turns out to be quite a profligate. There are some hilarious moments between the two of them, and the women they meet, played by Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen create romantic and moral tension. Sandra Oh is fantastic, and I especially love her sassy first scene, when she's pouring wine samples and after putting up with Giamatti's attitude, pours him a giant amount on his third glass. Virginia Madsen has her moments too, such as when she tells Giamatti how she connects to wine, thinking of it as a living thing, from the year the grapes were growing to the people who tended and picked them, and then constantly evolving in the bottle. Director Alexander Payne gives us touching moments, and a nice balance of comedy, darkness, and romance in the film. There are nice shots of the wine country and small towns they're in, like Solvang, sure, but how he shoots the scene were Giamatti drunk dials his ex-wife is wonderful, amplifying the feeling of intoxication. Well done.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2015
    Giamatti's manic self-loathing is the films' greatest aspect, but Payne has written and directed a mature and humorous drama.
    Kase V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2014
    Engaging, well-paced, and ultimately satisfying, Sideways is an enjoyable, well-acted comedy that features tender moments, strong writing, and subtle humor.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer

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