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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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21 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$71,502,303 (USA) (13 May 2005)
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Some of the scenes in the novel were cut from the film version including the boar hunt, the trip to Hearst Castle, and the hot tub scene. Some of the characters and other plot points were also changed. See more »

Goofs

Miles and Jack are drinking at the Hitching Post. Maya comes around and joins them. At this point hands jump all over the place. Miles arms are crossed at different variations without enough time for him to move. Jack is holding a full glass to drink, and then immediately has pushed it out for a refill. In one shot Maya's arm is up, in the reverse shot, her left arm is down. See more »

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[first lines]
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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RECUERDOS de la ALHAMBRA
Written by Francisco Tárrega
Arranged and Performed by Jaren Coler
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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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