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In search of wine. In search of women. In search of themselves.
Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle. Both meet two beautiful women on their trip and become romantically involved with them.
Wine is probably the most boring subject on Earth, so how come Payne’s film about a lonely, bitter best man (Paul Giamatti) taking the soon-to-be-groom (Thomas Haden Church) on a week-long tour of vineyards is so bloody good? Perhaps because of Giamatti’s astonishing characterisation, which imbues an arrogant, self-destructive, self-hating pseud with a completely disarming humanity. Or perhaps because it’s not really about wine at all, but love and friendship and the choices that people make that end up deciding and defining their lives. It’s the antithesis of formula filmmaking: incredibly entertaining, but also about something, and featuring – quite unexpectedly – a handful of brilliant sight gags.
If ever proof was needed, and I'm not sure it is, that Paul Giamatti is one of the greatest character actors of our time, then Sideways really is it. Alexander Payne's bittersweet comedy puts him front and centre as Miles, an eighth grade English teacher who undertakes an eventful wine tasting road trip with his best friend, and both create a truly wonderful character whose journey is quite the joy to follow. Sideways ends up being one of those movies you really aren't quite prepared for - shot with a love of California and it's vineyards, often funny and equally quite moving, it's a superbly written and performed portrayal of lost hopes, dreams and self-discovery.
Now I'm no fan of…
4th of July really took it out of me. After the events of my day, I feel like Sideways is the perfect sobering film to watch late at night.
"I am a smudge of excrement on a tissue surging out to sea with a million tons of sewage."
Is that funny at any other time of day than 12am?
Probably. But it sure helps.
Sideways is a buddy comedy/drama that is a tranquil yet chaotic wine tasting trip through the mediocrity of middle aged life. Its a mid-life crisis movie more than anything, and hits all the low key notes that go along with that kind of story setup. I find that like a bottle of wine it gets better…
I really hate wine, and this movie has got me wanting to drink some wine.
This film is filled with GREAT performances.
This is one of those films that is just too good to review.
As soon as it finished, I felt like I wanted to watch it again. Another wonderful Paul Giamatti performance, he really is a comedy hero. A subtle comedic hero. In fact the entire cast are fantastic. This is not a film about real life, but it feels exactly like a film about real life. And that takes a great deal of skill.
I love this film more than I love fine wine.
Alexander Payne makes intelligent films for adult audiences that usually have a dark satirical edge and comedic traits running through them. As "indie" as they come, Payne delivered something really special here.
"Election" had a deeply wicked humor that is rare in mainstream film-making of recent years. "About Schmidt" wasn't really for me but I appreciated what Payne was trying to do and "The Descendants" had yet more human drama and conflict that he's so good at.
"Sideways" though will be the one I always come back to. It's touching,sad, sentimental with a cynical and brutal honesty about both relationships and friendship. Paul Giamati was the guy who got overlooked come Oscar time even though he delivers the performance of…
One of the best scripts out there.
Made me want to drink some wine, even though I don't particularly enjoy it.
Last night I went to a Sideways & Wine Tasting evening, where the film paused after each important wine. Staff then circulated the audience and poured us that specific Californian sample, whilst an enigmatic expert taught us how to experience them. Safe to say the irony was palpable.
Who would have thought that a road trip movie featuring two middle-aged men on a wine tasting tour of the vineyards of California could not only be hugely entertaining but also deeply moving, laugh-out-loud funny and life-enhancing?
The performances of the four main characters are pitch perfect and the sparkling chemistry between Giamatti and Haden Church is played to the hilt. All hail Payne; he's made a modern day masterpiece..
Έχεις αναρωτηθεί ποτέ πως θα εξελισσόταν το The Hangover αν αντί για το Las Vegas είχαν όντως πάει στη Napa Valley (Το είχε προτείνει ο οδοντίατρος..);;
Το Sideways είναι ακριβώς αυτό..
Sideways is a film that starts and ends with a knock on a door. It's a standard film following a man on his midlife crisis as he discovers he's a pathetic failure and tries to rectify the reminder of his days.
But despite the conventional theme it's a very sweet and funny film. It's definitely not as fresh on re-watch, but simply watching Paul Giamatti is enough to satisfy me.
Easily the best Payne film I've seen.
During the first half I felt quite confused because, besides the fact that it was surprisingly slow, the movie itself was totally different from what I thought it would be. My impression of it during that first half was that if it was meant to be a comedy, it was not a bit funny and my mistake was precisely that: I had the idea that Sideways was some kind of quirky and funny dark comedy, but it was something completely different.
Actually, Sideways is a very good drama that looks like a comedy that offers an interesting view of a divorced man dealing with depression. Once I understood the characters and their role in the story, the film became way…
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