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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?


A slapstick scene involving Miles hitting a dog with his car while driving around was cut because it didn't fit the overall mood of the movie and didn't follow animal regulations that Hollywood had on using animals in movies. See more »


Maya smokes in the restaurant bar. Smoking was banned from California bars in 1998. See more »


[first lines]
Miles Raymond: Fuck.
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Words and Music by David Klingenberger (as David Allen Klingenberger) and Edward M. Rudolph
Performed by Deke Dickerson
Courtesy of Songs of D.K.
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Giamatti was ROBBED!
25 January 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Sideways is a beautiful portrait of mid life disappointment. The backdrop is lovely California wine country, and the casting is flawless. Every single performance in this film is surprising, pitch perfect, and unusual. The movie has the remarkable ability to capture sadness and desperation in just the light that allows the audience to recognize the humor. The ending is satisfying but not too pat. In short, this is the best film of 2004.

The standout performance in the film was Paul Giamatti's. I cannot believe he was passed over for an Oscar this year. He should have been nominated for American Splendor, and he definitely should have been nominated for Sideways. His performance was beautiful, romantic, heartbreaking and so human. Paul Giamatti, ignore the Academy! Every year they have less credibility. The people who know films and acting at all know that you are one in a handful of truly great actors working in Hollywood today.

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