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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 One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle.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.
I absolutely adored it! It often reminded me of how we should be more forgiving because we humans have such a great propensity to make unwise decisions and choices! Were perpetually flawed!
It has one the greatest and most underrated actors in Hollywood Paul Giamatti! Between him and his partner in crime Thomas Haden Church they had me either snickering or shaking my head at how silly we can be!
Throughout the film I kept thinking we know these people they are our friends, lovers, family, co-workers or even ourselves! It's totally human! Which makes it totally relatable and that is why the film works!
Recommended by Aracno via my "Movie Request Hotline" list! The synopsis just doesn't do it justice! I never would have seen this film on my own so I'm ecstatic you prompted me to see this! Aracno Thank You So Much!
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.
I admit it, I love Alexander Payne as a filmmaker and, even though I recognize I am not particularly the target audience of his films (at least most of the times), I can't help but to fall in love with everything involving his little dark comedies. Take Sideways as an example, I don't really enjoy wine nor talking about it and I don't really know what's it like to be married or divorced, but the writing is so good and the execution is so careful that I end up having a great time. Here, he creates a film that is continuously funny (the dialogue is great and the jokes are more hit than miss) and still feels dramatic & heartfelt in…
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.
A prova de que os cromos deste mundo não são exclusivamente gente que encontra inspiração em frente a um Zx-Spectrum e que até entre bebedolas se pode dar um ar de gente culta.
"Listen, man. You're my friend, and I know you care about me. And I know you disapprove, and I respect that. But there are some things that I have to do that you don't understand. You understand literature, movies, wine...but you don't understand my plight."
This was so Payne-ful that it gave me a hangover after only having seen the half hour that I usually require myself to watch before deciding whether to turn a movie off or not. This one got turned off. Why should I care if two middle aged men go on a bachelor-party winetasting tour of California trying to get laid? Thing is I don't care at all and Sideways did nothing to make me.
An unbelievably mannered, discipline road comedy that holds up over a decade later. Alexander Payne is careful not to employ slapstick jokes or stupid humor, but is playful enough to evoke verbal banter and situational humor of the best possible order. This is an uncommonly hilarious picture, with two lead characters that, through all their flaws, shortcomings, bitching, and moaning, remain at least interesting for over two hours.
At some point I'm making a list of the movie characters that I resonate the most with and feel the most like; Miles Raymond will most certainly make the list.
Funny, smart, and miraculously never pretentious given its subject matter, "Sideways" is another great product of Payne's knack for realistic portrayals of the everyday.
I've never actually identified with any character as much as I did with Miles Raymond. Maybe I should take that as a signal.
Made me feel sad but I like that.
Disgusting wish fulfillment for white middle aged men follows two overgrown children -- one (Thomas Haden Church) about to be married and out for a weeklong fuckfest, the other (Paul Giamatti) a morose, whiny Writer (something the film seems to expect us to find non-ironically impressive in and of itself) -- on their consequence-free journey through metaphorically overwrought wine tastings and various kinds of cruel deception. Virginia Madsen shows up as the requisite underwritten MPDG to dispense sex and moony-eyed speeches then disappear, while Sandra Oh is afforded but a few scant seconds of dignity once she finds out she's being manipulated, after which the film completely loses interest in her. Add to all this an infuriating lite jazz score…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!