Release Date: October 22, 2004
Limited release

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3/126 Kim Hollis Funny, poignant, sad - just a wonderful, grown-up film.
4/48 Les Winan Paul Giamatti is as good as they come. Alexander Payne has yet to disappoint, though his penchant for startling nudity is a concern.
23/133 Dan Krovich A buddy road movie that hits the mark

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Miles Faymond is a failed novelist who teaches junior high school English. His best friend, a washed-up, former hot actor named Jack, is just about to head to the altar. In an effort to salute what remains of their youth, the pair takes a final road trip during the week before Jack is to be married. Because Miles is bound and determined to teach his friend about the Pinot Noir wines of the region before the week is over, they head to California's Santa Ynez Valley for a wine-tasting trip.

Though Jack makes an effort to enjoy the wine-tasting for Miles' benefit, the soon-to-be-former bachelor is most interested in living it up in his final days of freedom. Before long, things are going terribly wrong. To start with, Miles is taking mood levelers and is still dealing with the emotional baggage of a messy divorce. Meanwhile, Jack is sleeping around with all of the wine pourers and considers calling off his impending vows.

Sideways is the brainchild of the duo responsible for both Election and About Schmidt, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. As with those previous films, the pair wrote the screenplay together and Payne directs. The stars of the film are Paul Giamatti, who received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Harvey Pekar in American Splendor, and the always underrated Thomas Haden Church. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Sideways
Main Cast Thomas Haden Church, M.C. Gainey, Paul Giamatti
Supporting Cast Patrick Gallagher, Alex Kalognomos, Virginia Madsen, Joe Marinelli, Sandra Oh, Alysia Reiner
Director Alexander Payne
Screenwriter Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Distributor Fox Searchlight
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 123 minutes
Screen Count 4
Awards Awards page for Sideways
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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