I don't know where to start.
Although the acting is exceptional in every way, this is neither a comedy nor an entertaining film to watch. Before I begin, I'll say this. This review may contain spoilers, but it won't matter, since the film isn't worth viewing anyway.
What's it about? Well, it's about a couple of old college chums who go on a wine-tasting trip, prior to the marriage of one of them. They talk, they drink wine, they talk some more, they eat, they drink some more wine....and talk, talk, talk.
Giamatti plays the Woody Allen type nerd, who is divorced, and is as pretentious as they come. It's easy to see why his wife left him. He's also morose and insecure. And...he's a thief, stealing money from his own sweet mother. Church is the other buddy...a not too smart, washed-up actor, who can't keep his #@@*& in his pants. They meet up with two women along their journey, and then the four of them talk, drink wine, and eat out. It's supposed to be a comedy, yet most of it is neither funny, nor interesting. (I admit that the crashing of Giomatti's car is funny, but that's it.) Sitting through this film is an ordeal, and that's not what watching movies should be about. It seems that every year, Hollywood loves to over-praise a turkey (it was Lost In Translation, the previous year), and this is the over-rated turkey for 2004. I wish I had back the two hours I spent watching this thing. I gave it a two, only because of the performances of the actors.
Be aware. Unless you like this kind of talky movie, you'll be bored to death.
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