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Sideways (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 January 2005 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Erganian (as Shaké Toukhmanian)
Mike Erganian (as Duke Moosekian)
Miles's Building Manager
Gary the Bartender
Stephanie's Mother
Frass Canyon Pourer


Miles is a failed writer living a meager existence in San Diego as an English teacher. With his career seemingly fading and the fate of a book hinging on a publisher's decision, Miles is depressed with himself and what he hasn't achieved. Jack is a television actor whom some recognize but not many do, as if he were a minor actor who got a taste of success. With his best friend Miles, the two embark on a road trip through California's wine country. Miles wants to give his friend a nice sendoff before married life, while Jack simply wants to have a fling beforehand. As they're both nearing middle age with not much to show for it, the two will explore the vineyards while ultimately searching for their identities. Written by mystic80

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In search of wine. In search of women. In search of themselves.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some strong sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Entre copas  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$207,042 (USA) (22 October 2004)


$71,502,303 (USA) (13 May 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The picture that Miles (Paul Giamatti) looks at when at his mother's home is actually a picture of Paul Giamatti and his father (former Yale University president and Commissioner of Major League Baseball) Bart Giamatti. See more »


When Miles is checking his phone messages from the motel room, the voice instructions tell him to "enter his password and press the pound key". The sequence of digits he presses ends with one of the keys on near the top of the keypad; the pound ("#") key is on the bottom row. See more »


[first lines]
Miles Raymond: Fuck.
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Crazy Credits

No California oak trees were harmed during the making of this production. See more »


Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »


Written by Claus Ogermann
Performed by Bill Evans
Courtesy of Verve Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Payneful Comedy
10 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alexander Payne is becoming a magnet for me. I wait for his films. He is an eminently American director that can look in with the incisive eye of an incisive foreigner. Besides all that, he is a poet. In "Election" he gives us an electro shock disguised as a Teen College Comedy. I laughed in horror at the cleverness of the storytelling. In "About Schmid" he forces us to look into one of the darkest corners of our society and find ourselves there. And he does it in the funniest most entertaining way. In "Sideways" he trusts his audience enough to put impossible hurdles for us to love his characters -- Paul Giamatti and his mother's money, for instance -- and yet, we have to admit he's made his point. We are all people. He manages to surprise us with our own capacity for compassion. Vittorio De Sica, Billy Wilder and Mario Monicelli come to mind. Yes Mr. Payne you are the ticket!

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