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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 One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle.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 chronically-depressed, divorced writer/wine connoisseur and his engaged, philandering ex-college-roommate go on a road trip through wine country and drink themselves sideways along the way. I can sit through slapstick (Dodgeball), spoofs (Starsky and Hutch) toilet humor (American Pie 3), even predictable and tedious romantic comedies (50 First Dates) but it's such a greater joy to watch a comedy unfold so naturally as it does in Sideways, the laughs gently teased out from our growing knowledge of the characters, their imperfections, doubts and, yes, even from their emotional pain. It's all due to Alexander Payne who has written one of the most beautiful screenplays of 2004, a dark comedy infused with poetry and hope. It stars Paul Giamatti, who should…
An extremely pleasant and very entertaining movie that made me desperately want to become a wine connoisseur. The performances are strong - I especially like Thomas Haden Church's surfer-dude struggling actor, but all of the leads bring a lot to the table. I didn't like this as much as the other Payne movies I've seen recently, possibly because it seemed like it was trying too hard for a broader appeal. The comedy felt straight out of a sitcom at times, and the heavy-handed wine symbolism seemed somewhat forced. SIDEWAYS tells a story with a certain page-turner quality, and I think Payne excels at gathering just the right combination of well-defined characters to let fireworks fly. As a viewer, I was…
All kinds of wonderful. How much is that Paul Giamatti in the window?
Simple, genuine, real and delicately humorous. A short page of two guys lives in a decisive moment of their personnal path.
two sad boyz drinkng wine and banging hoes, not my dream but the pitch of that goog movi
Mrs. BH and I spent a couple of lovely days in Central California wine country around Buellton, Los Olivos, and Solvang last week, which is the setting for most of this film, so rather than writing another review of Sideways, I thought I'd review some of the wineries and restaurants that appeared in the film instead. Sideways wine-touring is big business nowadays, and the area is usually crawling with tourists, however, going in early-March proved to be an ideal time, both in terms of weather (cool and slightly wet) and lack of crowds. The hills were lush and green, and the local wineries were just starting to roll out their latest bottlings.
Having visited the Napa and Sonoma valleys many…
" I am not drinking any fucking Merlot "
Sideways is a very different kind of movie. Part character study, part comedy, part drama and part romance, it's identity is all of the place. Somehow though, it just works phenomenally well. If this movie counts as a romcom then it's among the best I've ever seen.
The movie's premise revolves around a road trip between Paul Giamatti's character Miles and his friend Jack, played by Thomas Haden Church who is getting married in the following week. The entire plot of the movie revolves around the interactions between those two characters and the people around them. And boy, does Paul Giamatti ever knock it out of the park in this one.…
A sensitive, touching and surprisingly funny study of male friendship, Sideways is a rich film full of beautiful music, magnificent performances and wonderful cast chemistry. I have never identified more with a character than with Paul Giamatti's Miles.
Me gustan las películas sobre conflictos humanos que no entran necesariamente en el terreno de muertes de familiares o enfermedades terminales para contar su historia. En ese sentido Sideways lo hace muy bien. No juzga, ni trata de hacernos reflexionar sobre si debemos ser Miles o Jack. Simplemente nos presenta a los personajes y deja que la cosa funcione sola.
Paul Giamatti y Thomas Haden Church están fantásticos, por sus actuaciones y por la química entre ambos.
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