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Sideways

HD   R Closed Captioning

Alexander Payne

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Plot Summary

The misadventures begin when Miles (Paul Giamatti), an un-recovered divorcé and would-be novelist with a wine fixation, decides to gift old college buddy and washed-up actor Jack (Thomas Haden Church) with a celebratory trip to the vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley the week before Jack's wedding. The two couldn't be an odder couple. Jack is an over-sexed charmer; Miles is a sad-sack worrier. Jack is looking for his "last taste of freedom"; Miles just wants to taste perfection in a bottle. Jack is fine with cheap Merlot; Miles pines for the elusive, perfect Pinot. Indeed, the only thing they seem to share in common is the same heady mix of failed ambitions and fading youth. And yet, as they make their way up the coast, Miles and Jack soon find themselves drowning in wine and women. Both men careen dangerously and comically toward mid-life crises. Now, the wedding approaches and with it the certainty that Miles and Jack won't make it back to Los Angeles unscathed or unchanged...if they get back there at all.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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96%
  • Reviews Counted: 223
  • Fresh: 215
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 8.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Sideways stays resolutely life-size. And that, in this age of hype and hyperventilation, may be the most radical thing about it. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Feb 13, 2012

Fresh: 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. – Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, Apr 21, 2005

Fresh: Sideways is neither effete nor snooty. It's a knowing, often-tender comedy about the plight of middle-aged men who aren't exactly living fast-track lives. – Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Sophisticated Fun

The casting is excellent and Giamatti is at his best. I bought this film and usually watch a 2-3 times a month. One of my favorite scenes is when Miles has to retrieve the wallet and escape. The movie never gets old!

Great movie. Ignore the bad reviews by obvious 14 year-olds like MBS

Great character driven movie. If you like Giamatti, you'll like this movie.

Very Funny

This movie is AWESOME. It is funny and and raw. This movie is real. This is how people actually LIVE. That is what makes this such a fantastic movie. I have not met someone who didn't like this film.