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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.

Director:

Alexander Payne

Writers:

Rex Pickett (novel), Alexander Payne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Giamatti ... Miles
Thomas Haden Church ... Jack
Virginia Madsen ... Maya
Sandra Oh ... Stephanie
Marylouise Burke ... Miles's Mother
Jessica Hecht ... Victoria
Missy Doty ... Cammi
M.C. Gainey ... Cammi's Husband
Alysia Reiner ... Christine Erganian
Shake Tukhmanyan Shake Tukhmanyan ... Mrs. Erganian (as Shaké Toukhmanian)
Shaun Duke ... Mike Erganian (as Duke Moosekian)
Robert Covarrubias ... Miles's Building Manager
Patrick Gallagher ... Gary the Bartender
Stephanie Faracy ... Stephanie's Mother
Joe Marinelli ... Frass Canyon Pourer
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Maya and Miles are picnicking on the blanket and Miles is engrossed in his crossword puzzle. #52 across clue is "Corroborated" and Miles has written in "Workedwine" instead of "workedwith". See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

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Sleeping Pill
Written by Dean Wareham, Sean Eden, Justin Harwood, and Stanley Demeski
Performed by Luna
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Excellent expose of narcissism on two sides of the same coin
2 February 2005 | by ociopiaSee 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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Official Sites:

Fox Searchlight

Country:

USA | Hungary

Language:

English | Armenian | French

Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$207,042, 24 October 2004

Gross USA:

$71,503,593

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,706,931
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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