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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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A week before his friend Jack is to be married, best man Miles and the prospective groom head off to wine country for a week of fun, relaxation and - of course - wine drinking. Miles is the oenophile and does his best to teach Jack a bit about the art of appreciating great wine. All Jack cares about is drinking and carousing, something he accomplishes when he meets the attractive Stephanie at one of the vineyards. Miles is something of a sad sack, a high school English teacher who is a failed writer at heart. He has yet to get over the fact that his wife has divorced him and that she has remarried and he now faces that nerve racking wait for word from a prospective publisher. Miles has an opportunity to start anew when he meets Stephanie's friend Maya but when he let's slip that Jack is about to be married any hope of a relationship seems to be lost. Written by garykmcd

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


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

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$71,502,303 (USA) (13 May 2005)
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Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor wrote Maya's speech based off of a passage from Rex Pickett's book, and based some of it on how the director himself feels about wine. However, he didn't think the speech deserved as much praise as it received. See more »

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When Miles is in the restaurant by himself after the wedding, the food on his plate completely changes positions after we see a close up of the 1961 Cheval Blanc. See more »

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

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Referenced in White Collar: Bottlenecked (2010) See more »

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NEW HAVEN COMET
Written by Dean Wareham, Sean Eden, Lee Wall, and Britta Phillips
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Excellent expose of narcissism on two sides of the same coin
2 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A woman's take on this is probably not the same as a man's. Initially I was put off by Charles Hayden's Church's character crudeness and Giamatti's character's repulsiveness but that changed was I was able to look below the surface. By the end of the movie, I felt very sorry for Church as he was not only dumb and shallow, he was actually so empty that whatever female was before him became a mirror of his need to connect with anything that felt like caring. Church did a fabulous job and was incredibly believable as a has-been wannabe, desperate to hold on to his dream of the kind of good life that is bought by charm and good looks. He is just on the edge or realizing his time is running out and that is a whole lot for this character to absorb as he has never given much to the concept of "thought."

Giammeti is a pitiful, self-absorbed, destructive, depressed alcoholic whose in possession of two "things." He knows a great deal about wine and he has written a book. Nothing else informs him. Yet his performance is so nuanced that we are able to fill in his depth of character and decency primarily through his huge, limpid eyes. What a performance. He should have been nominated for an academy award. This is a role that comes along once-in-a-lifetime for this type of character actor, like Liza in Cabaret.

The women are really nothing more than backdrops or props for the men to expose themselves. Madsen is lovely but you do wonder what on earth she really sees in this man. While he may be redeemable, he is really pretty much a self-absorbed jerk. It is most interesting that this film has been released at the same time as Closer, as they are similar in their exploration of self-absorption. Though Closer explores how destructive its characters are to each other, in the end, Closer is not as intimate and seems more artificial than the sweetly revealing Sideways.


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