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Corked (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 1 June 2010 (USA)
"CORKED" ...is a hilarious tale told by documentary filmmakers of four distinctly different wineries and their intertwined fate in Northern California wine country. A prestigious celebrity ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Ross Clenenden Ross Clenenden ... Donald Smythe
Martina Finch Martina Finch ... Officer Pawlowicz
Brian A. Hoffman ... The Director
Kimbell Jackson Kimbell Jackson ... Gracie
Steve Lucanic Steve Lucanic ... Larry
Marte Mejstrik Marte Mejstrik ... Richard Parsons
Diane Merlino Diane Merlino ... Norma
Tod Norris Tod Norris ... Dane
Rob Reinis ... Scott
Tim Shippey Tim Shippey ... Neil Harlan
Ben Tolpin ... Gary
Matteo Troncone Matteo Troncone ... Max
Jeffrey Weissman ... Gerry Hannon
Devin Westberg Devin Westberg ... Eli Tucker
Sara Woo Sara Woo ... Allie


"CORKED" ...is a hilarious tale told by documentary filmmakers of four distinctly different wineries and their intertwined fate in Northern California wine country. A prestigious celebrity wine critic is coming to the area and everyone is trying to make sure their wine ends up on his golden palate. A diverse group of characters inhabits this region, ranging from a fiercely independent "one man show" to an established 'family' winery where the word family is a registered trademark. An eccentric "rich kid" attempts to make his mark in his fathers newly acquired vineyard and "two marketing" executives are determined to tap into new markets with an edgy high-concept label. We follow this group through the toils of harvest, and their quest for recognition leading to the Golden Harvest Gala! Written by Anonymous

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The wine country state of mind.






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1 June 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sonoma County, California, USA

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This Movie was better than SideWays!!!!!!
7 June 2009 | by keepyerpowderdrySee all my reviews

I just saw this movie last night at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles and it just blew me away. Charming, Witty, and Educational!! I was also amazed at the talented pool of actors that were assembled for this film. It was not what I had expected at all. My Girlfriend made me go to it and now I am glad that she did, not to mention, the filmmakers had a great wine tasting event on the roof... it was first class all the way.

If you liked Sideways, you should definitely see this movie with your favorite bottle of wine.

Here is a review from the Hollywood Reporter:

Film Review: Corked! By Duane Byrge, May 22, 2009 10:15 ET

CANNES -- A satire of "fine wine" has found its time. A mockumentary in the "Spinal Tap" tradition, "Corked!" pops off the pretensions of the Northern California wine community. This aromatic outing distills all the pretentious sniffing and snobbing that accompanies the wine biz.

Drier and frothier than recent mockumentaries made by recognized Hollywood comics, "Corked!" is a pithy delight. It's a brilliant lampoon of winemaking and will go well with either Milk Duds or organic popcorn.

If picked, this TriCoast Worldwide entertainment will entice on the select-site circuit, and perform superbly in festivals. With its ripe subject matter and brainy humor, "Corked!" could pop on cable outlets, from comedy channels to the food-stuff channels.

Written and directed by Ross Clendenen and Paul Hawley, "Corked!" blends the stories of four different, Northern California wineries. Poured out in a dead-on documentary style of interviews from vinters, wine critics, marketers and pickers, it's like to tantalize the funny- bones of all of us who have endured wine-connoisseur talk. Hilarious and smart, it never falls flat, only occasionally bursting its bubble of documentary plausibility. So well-honed is "Corked!" that many viewers are not going to realize it's a fictional entertainment.

Blue ribbons to filmmakers Clendenen and Hawley, and to their talented cast. In particular, plaudits to Todd Norris for his performance as a protector of the grapes, who blasts high- decibel jaguar sounds across the vineyards to startle starlings as well as other unsavory interlopers.

As two knucklehead wine-marketers, one in AA and the other a Bud man, Ben Tolpin and Rob Reinis are uproarious, while Ross Clendenen is perfect as a snooty, effete vineyard mogul.

Tech contributions are a perfect blend: Special praise to cinematographer/editor Miguel Medina for his acidic comic compositions and devilishly dry cuts.

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