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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 One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle.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.
A touching and melancholy study about a pair of self hating misanthropic assholes (so, an Alexander Payne film), Sideways is a fantastic showcase for the acting skills of Church and Giamatti, plus a simultaneously sad, bitter, and hilarious road trip film.
Always wear your seat belt.
A perfect Alexander Payne film! Terrific casting and spot-on performances all around. Cozy Americana and kitschy locations are flawlessly interesting to look at but still understated. Characters that are identifiable: sad, a little morally corrupt, but helplessly likable. Consummate storytelling from Payne and Jim Taylor that is funny and sorrowful. A classic.
I am Paul Giamatti's character, minus the marriage and divorce. His attitude and mannerisms are on the dime with how I usually am. I loved this movie the entire way through. The best thing about it is it really cared about the basics. Basics of the characters and the chemistry between the lifelong friends was truly perfect. At the root of it, it's basically a road trip movie but it doesn't go through the cliches that other movies do. It is really about the friendship between these unlikely life partners that feed off of how each of them view life. The acting is perfect and how the entire movie turns out is a refreshing, pleasant experience.
In the criterion collection of "Il Sorpasso" Alexander Payne introduces the film by telling us that "sideways" was influenced by Il Sorpasso so I had to see this movie after really liking "Il Sorpasso" and "sideways" is as good, if not better, than "Il Sorpasso".
Like Il sorpasso, Sideways does consist of a road trip where the two guys, maybe in this case just one, find themselves and grow as a person. Although this time, Payne just puts Paul Giamatti's character into so much shit even though he's the only character we actually root for.
But in an Alexander Payne film there is always a silver lining to these characters story. It may not be the best ending for them…
Just finished watching this and it's already totally revitalised my waning interest in film. I'm a 20 year old student who likes getting high and listening to hip hop, how is it that a slow and thoughtful film about 2 middle aged men drinking wine and reflecting on the mediocrity of their lives really connected with me? Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor and Paul Giamatti: you're fucking geniuses.
In terms of directors/writers, there are very few who are as reliable as Alexander Payne. He doesn't have a huge body of work but this allows him to really focus on the quality of his work instead of cranking out films as fast as possible. He's balanced his credits with a couple of headscratchers like writing the screenplays for Jurassic Park III and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Presumably this is to get studios to allow him to work on his own personal projects with a good amount of freedom.
Alexander Payne has pretty much proven himself already with Election and About Schmidt but Sideways represents the coming out party for Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church. Both…
2 srednjovječna muškarca otkrivaju vino, žene i život. Jedan je pisac, drugi je glumac, i općenito su dosta očekivano karakterizirani. Sve je producirano na nekoj TV razini, al ne znam, jebeno je kežualno kul. Toplo je nekako.
I pije mi se (dobro) vino.
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