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Alexander Payne

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About the Movie

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


  • Reviews Counted: 225
  • Fresh: 217
  • 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: With each new film, Payne and Taylor plane the edges of their wit. Yet this growing maturity merely buffs their work; it's not dulled one bit. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

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.

A good, good film.

An excellent study of genuine relationships. Paul Giamatti is perfect as Miles, and Thomas Haden Church is hilarious as his extroverted, slightly obnoxious friend. A fitting, fairly open ending finishes it up nicely and the movie as a whole is a well rounded compact piece of work. 4 stars.

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!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2005

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