Synopsis: Hilarity ensues when depressed scribbler and manchild thespian consume a bathtub of Pinot Noir in rural California.
Blurb From the DVD Jacket: “In this intoxicating, intelligent comedy from acclaimed director Alexander Payne, a failed novelist (Paul Giamatti) and a washed-up actor (Thomas Haden Church) take a detour from the realities of mid-life crisis with a wine, women and laughter-filled road trip through California’s famed Central Coast.”
What Did I Learn?: Don’t even think about asking a simple question about wine, or some oenophile snob will think you’re a “dumbass.”
You Might Like This Movie If: Certain grape varietals make you very, very angry.
Really?: 1) I realize Miles is depressed and doesn’t give a shit about life, but wouldn’t he still pick a better food pairing for his ’61 Cheval Blanc than a burger-and-fries combo? 2) Why would Miles’ ex-wife suggest it might be best if he doesn’t attend Jack’s wedding when he’s the fucking best man? 3) Does Miles seriously think his Mom isn’t going to notice there’s money missing from her secret stash? 4) I had a bit of trouble believing a shallow guy like Jack would show an interest in Cammi the waitress, especially after he refers to her as “two tons of fun”.
Rating: Sideways is a beautiful character-driven film featuring outstanding performances from Giamatti (even if he wasn’t that crazy about it, himself) and his three co-stars, an intelligent and moving script, and genuine laughs even though the movie is far from being a true comedy. Sideways is one of my all-time favourite films – Highly recommended. 10/10 stars.