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Sideways (2004)

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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

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA)  »

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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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The two lead actors of this movie (Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church) would both later voice exterminators in computer animated films released in the summer of 2006; Giamatti in The Ant Bully (2006) and Church in Over the Hedge (2006). And they would also both later play Spider-Man villains; Giamatti plays Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and Church plays Sandman in Spider-Man 3 (2007). See more »


While Miles makes his protest of Cabernet Franc and Merlot well known, the bottle of 61 Cheval Blanc is from Bordeaux, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This is entirely logical: Merlot from California is widely considered to be inferior; Cabernet Franc is a grape used primarily in blending. On their own, both wines are well less than stellar. Cheval Blanc is indeed a Bordeaux blend of Cab Franc and Merlot (and a few other grapes), but in their Bordeaux incarnations their grapes produce an excellent red wine. Indeed many Bordeaux producers use the two grapes in their Bordeaux blends; the California incarnations of the two grapes are just not all that great. Miles' sentiment is shared by many wine lovers around the world - even those from central California. See more »


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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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