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Sideways

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Sideways
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Jack and Miles were college roommates, and despite their differences, they have been friends ever since. Jack is an actor, whose career high point is a stint as a soap opera regular. English teacher and oenophile Miles would much rather be a published novelist. Jack is about to get married, so depressed, divorced Miles suggests they hit the road for a week-long bachelor party amidst the rolling hillsides and gorgeous sunsets of wine country near Santa Barbara. A little golf, a lot of wine, how could it possibly go sideways?
Uniform Title: Sideways (Motion picture)
Title: Sideways
[videorecording]
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Commentary by actors Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church [audio feature]; Deleted scenes (17 min.); Behind-the-scenes featurette (7 min.); Theatrical trailer (3 min.).
Based on the novel by Rex Pickett.
Originally produced in 2004.
Contents: Saturday (Main titles)
Something for the ride
Mom
Officially depressed
Wine lesson
Buellton
Maya
Something we should share
Stephanie
Victoria's new husband
Double date
Drinking and dialing
Stephanie's collection
Getting acquainted
The life of wine
Goodnight, Miles
Man alone
Deep
Alone again
Waiting for the abattoir
A day together
The door opens
Guilty by association
Thumbprint on a skyscraper
Keep it elevated
My plight
The wallet
The accident
Armenian wedding
My own funeral
Message from Maya
End titles.
Summary: Jack and Miles were college roommates, and despite their differences, they have been friends ever since. Jack is an actor, whose career high point is a stint as a soap opera regular. English teacher and oenophile Miles would much rather be a published novelist. Jack is about to get married, so depressed, divorced Miles suggests they hit the road for a week-long bachelor party amidst the rolling hillsides and gorgeous sunsets of wine country near Santa Barbara. A little golf, a lot of wine, how could it possibly go sideways?
Audience: MPAA rating Rated R for language, some strong sexual content and nudity.
Awards & Distinctions: Winners: 2005 Academy Award [USA] for Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor; 2005 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy: Michael London; 2005 Golden Globe for Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor; 2005 BAFTA Film Award for Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor; Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor; Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church; Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress: Virgina Madsen.
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TW : 2005-03-02.
Statement of Responsibility: Fox Searchlight Pictures presents a Michael London production ; produced by Michael London ; screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor ; directed by Alexander Payne
Credits: Director of photography, Phedon Papamichael ; film editor, Kevin Tent ; music composed by Rolfe Kent; production designer, Jane Ann Stewart ; costume designer, Wendy Chuck.
Performers: Paul Giamatti (Miles), Thomas Haden Church (Jack), Virginia Madson (Maya), Sandra Oh (Stephanie).
System Details: DVD; region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; Dolby surround; anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1).
Other Language: In English, dubbed French, or Spanish with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish; closed-captioned in English.
Subject Headings: Viticulture California Drama. Wine and wine making California Drama. Man-woman relationships California Drama. Male friendship California Drama. Vineyards California Drama. Man-woman relationships Drama. Interpersonal relations Drama. Weddings Drama. Male friendship Drama. Pickett, Rex Film adaptations.
Genre/Form: Comedy films.
Feature films.
Independent films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Film adaptations.
Road films.
Topical Term: Viticulture
Wine and wine making
Man-woman relationships
Male friendship
Vineyards
Man-woman relationships
Interpersonal relations
Weddings
Male friendship
Publisher No: 2227578
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Positive: Some good lol situation comedy.
Negative: Way to much wine sipping and wine discussion. To many people who cannot speak a sentence without two F words.

I bought this movie when it came out because I missed it at the theater and thought the trailer made it look interesting. I watched it, threw up a little and put the movie up for sale on Ebay and that was that. Years later... about 5, I rewatched it on HBO and what a difference the years make. I felt that when I watched it the second time it was more entertaining when you took the time to really figure out which of the four main characters you matched the most and followed their journey. In the 5 years since watching the movie the first time, I had experienced loss and divorce and when I watched it I felt like I could understand Paul Giamatti's character. What a lot of people don't realize about this movie is that it isn't about the wine it is about the relationships. Paul had loved and lost and lived and felt like the carpet under the shoes and even though his love for his friend was strong, he felt like his friend was just another pair of shoes on his back. Then it was Madsen that I felt for. Trying to get her life back on track, runing with a "less than suitable" friend, and finding love in an odd candidate and anticipating that she would be hurt. Then I felt for Hayden Church. About to marry he had some demons he wanted to exercise. Morally wrong in every move, Hayden Church ends up going ahead with the wedding and I felt for him as we all have or know someone who has married for the wrong reasons and wished they hadn't or didn't feel as if they had to. Since it has been running on HBO I have rewatched it about 6 times and each time it gets better. I really think that if you lose the thought that it is about wine and it is actually about growing and utilizing the wine and golf as common interests, you will realize that you just might like it a little more than you did the first time.

Dec 16, 2013
  • pegasus71 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A tedious and somewhat distasteful story about two forgettable losers on a road trip in the Santa Barbara Wine Country, one a has been actor Jack (Thomas Haden Church) on the eve of getting married and the other a failed writer Miles (Paul Giamatti) and wine alcoholic. All Jack is interested in is bedding down with a woman wherever he goes and all Miles wants to do is drown his feelings of inadequacy in glasses of pinot noir all the while pontificating on the esoteric qualities of wine. They eventually hook up with two women (Sandra Oh and Virgina Madsen) which encounters eventually end badly, though there is some slight glimmer of hope for Miles and his encounter (Madsen) at the end of the film. Despite Giamatti’s usual good performance as Miles and some nice photography of the local wine country, the “travels with Jack and Miles” plod along in a somewhat repetitive fashion and, as was the problem in his recent road trip film NEBRASKA, with little sense of transformation or redemption. Payne seems to have his cinematic technique well in hand but is unable to generate much depth to his characters or their stories. He is trying desperately for a bittersweet or dark comedy but it never quite succeeds and ends up being stiff and two-dimensional.

Sadly, this is the full-screen version, not the full wide screen version. It makes it look like a TV show from 1955 or something.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed it. I like Paul Giamatti's work. Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen were terrific, as well. I thought this dramedy was on target for two middle aged guys who really didn't have much in common anymore. Different priorities. One who's a player and can't grow up, one who needs to let go of his emotional baggage and move on. Good ending.

Sep 27, 2012
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great Movie!!!Now available on Blu-Ray from the library. Based on a novel of the same title, Sideways is the story of two friends whom embark on a long week in Santa Barbara County for wine tasting and leisure before sending one of them off in style, in the words of Jack (Paul Giametti). Excellent script, outstanding acting, funny, and also tinged with sadness. Recommend! Also loved the beautiful shots of Santa Barbara (been through many of the towns and roads where the film was shot). Recommend!!

Aug 26, 2012
  • a5a22406 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good movie. It was better than I expected. And, if you are a fan of wine, you will truly enjoy this.

Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I am a fan of director Alexander Payne's work, especially Election and The Descendants, but I found Sideways to be quite depressing and not the dark comedy I expected. Payne perfected dark comedy in Election and The Descendants, allowing for a warped view to work its way in and still keep it light enough to be willing to laugh. However, this film only had two seconds of comedy and it seemed so different in tone that it felt it didn't eben belong in this film. I like all four of the main actors in this film and I do believe they did the best with what they had, but I think the material itself wasn't just right. It seemed just a few degrees in the wrong direction. If it wanted to be truly dark, it could have gone that way and eliminated the silliness that detract from it. It also could have chosen to be more light-hearted, loosening up and taking away the heavy moments. Instead, it flip-flopped and fell flat. I do like the idea of a wine country afficionado and his playboy pal, but the message bogged down this film. I really think if the same script was tweaked either one way or the next and remade (even by Payne himself), it would have been significantly better. It almost seems contradictory to say all that, considering the script was Oscar-winning, but I really think the fault lay there.

Jul 25, 2012
  • Adonis rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Incredibly overrated. Mundane and boring. Not funny at all.

Mar 07, 2012
  • nptphoto rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

a real dud -- flat and lifeless. The most overrated movie in the history of cinema.

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Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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May 13, 2010
  • katd74 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

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Aug 23, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Other: People are shown drinking a lot of wine. (The film takes place at various wine tastings, so a lot of alcohol is consumed to the point of excess.) One man drives drunk. Some characters smoke what is presumed to be tobacco or marijuana.

Aug 23, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Full frontal and rear nudity of a man. A woman's breasts are exposed. There are two scenes of couples in a coital position. Thumping can be heard through a wall implying sex.

Aug 23, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Violence: One man intimidates a man with a golf club. A woman beats a man with a motorbike helmet; he's off-camera during this beating, but we see his injuries afterwards in bandages.

Aug 23, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: 65 f-words and derivatives thereof; 16 sexual remarks; 16 scatological references and 23 other anatomical terms; 5 mild cuss words; 8 derogatory terms for women (such as chick, b***h, etc.); some derogatory terms for homosexuals (e.g., f*g, homo); and some name-calling (dumb, stupid, idiot, etc.).

Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

May 13, 2010
  • katd74 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

May 13, 2010
  • katd74 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Miles: "What about you?" Maya: "What about me?" Miles: "I don't know. Why are you into wine?" Maya: "Oh I... I think I... I originally got in to wine through my ex-husband." Miles: "Ah." Maya: "You know, he had this big, sort of show-off cellar, you know." Miles: "Right." Maya: "But then I discovered that I had a really sharp palate." Miles: "Uh-huh." Maya: "And the more I drank, the more I liked what it made me think about." Miles: "Like what?" Maya: "Like what a fraud he was."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Maya: "No, I - I like to think about the life of wine." Miles: "Yeah." Maya: "How it's a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained. I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes. And if it's an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I'd opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it's constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks, like your '61. And then it begins its steady, inevitable decline." Miles: "Hmm." Maya: "And it tastes so f**king good."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Maya: "Can I ask you a personal question, Miles?" Miles: "Sure." Maya: "Why are you so in to Pinot? ...I mean, it's like a thing with you." Miles: "Uh, I don't know, I don't know. Um, it's a hard grape to grow, as you know. Right? It's uh, it's thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It's, you know, it's not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it's neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet. "

Aug 23, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"Consult your doctor before using this product. Side effects may include oily discharge, hives, loss of appetite, low blood pressure. If you have diabetes or a history of kidney trouble, you're dead, a**hole!"

Aug 23, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"I am a thumbprint on the window of a skyscraper. I'm a smudge of excrement on a tissue surging out to sea with a million tons of raw sewage." "See? Right there. Just what you just said. That is beautiful. 'A smudge of excrement ... surging out to sea.'"

Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"Come on, man. You know. Hemingway, Sexton, Plath, Woolf. You can't kill yourself before you're even published."

Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

JACK: "That's going to be my best man gift to you this week. I'm gonna get you laid." / MILES: "Wonderful." / JACK: "I'm not gonna get you a gift certificate or a pen knife or any of that other horse s**t." / MILES: "I'd rather have a knife."

Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"Are you still seeing that shrink?" "I saw him on Monday. I spent most of the time helping him with his computer."

Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"It tastes like the back of a f***ing L.A. school bus. Now they probably didn't de-stem, hoping for some semblance of concentration, crushed it up with leaves and mice, and then wound up with this rancid tar and turpentine bulls**t. F***in' Raid." "Tastes pretty good to me."

Aug 22, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"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."

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Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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