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by Mike on 11/29/2006

What a great movie this was...I really do think this should have won Best Picture when it was nominated. Read More

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Wonderful and hilaious

on 7/9/2008

Paul Giamatti is so good in this movie. This movie is laugh fall out of your seat funny. If you like Giamatti you'll love this movie. Read More

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A wine-tasting road trip through california's famed central coast takes an unexpected detour as miles and jack hit the gas en route to their mid-life crisis. The comically mismatched pair soon finds themselves drowning in wine, women and laughter.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40710600
UPC 024543175780
UPC 14 00024543175780
Format DVD
Release Date 1/22/2008
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Following ABOUT SCHMIDT and ELECTION, Alexander Payne once again focuses on the comedy of personal tragedy in the hilarious and poignant SIDEWAYS. Paul Giamatti (AMERICAN SPLENDOR) plays Miles, the film's antihero, a failed author and self-defeatist who still pines for his ex-wife, who divorced him years before. Meanwhile, Miles's old friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) is getting married, and the two set off on a bachelors' road trip through California wine country. While Miles looks forward to male bonding over the best bottles the vineyards can offer, Jack is a playful philanderer who just wants to get laid. Thus, this fortysomething odd couple find themselves in conflict, leading to a chaotic week of disagreements, miscast romance with some local women (Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh), and eventually, total meltdown.^Payne's artistic direction and excellent character construction will have viewers reeling with laughter, while also feeling true compassion for these two easy-to-read buddies. The film offers beautiful photography of the California countryside, some unique insight into the wine industry, and a soundtrack featuring tunes by Luna, Pat Travers, Bonnie Raitt, and others. Viewers will come away from SIDEWAYS with a smile on their faces, and a thirst for a nice glass of Pinot Noir.
Los Angeles Times "[A] completely satisfying movie that quietly, gently blows you away. Exactly written, directed with a surgeon's precision and transcendently acted, SIDEWAYS brings emotional reality to a consistently amusing character comedy." 10/22/2004 p.E1
USA Today "This is a building-block movie: Its stand-out excellence becomes apparent only gradually..." 10/22/2004 p.5E
Rolling Stone "[The film] fuses bracing wit and emotional gravity into something funny, touching and vital....Pure movie bliss." 11/11/2004 p.115
Entertainment Weekly "It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this..." 10/29/2004 p.46
Movieline's Hollywood Life "[O]ne of the most incisive movies ever made about the intricacies of male bonding." 12/01/2004 p.1103
Premiere "[A]s a painful, uproarious story of humanity, this is a perfectly contained cinematic experience." 02/01/2005 p.50
Uncut "SIDEWAYS is a thoughtful, comic road movie about people going through some kind of breakdown." 02/01/2005 p.102,Ranked #5 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "It's a heartbreaking study of life, loves and second chances, beautifully performed by the two leads." 01/01/2006 p.82-83
Sight and Sound "[T]he most likeable and affecting film that Payne has yet made." 02/01/2005 p.68-70
Alexander Payne
Virginia Madsen
Thomas Haden Church
Sandra Oh
Paul Giamatti
Cast & Crew
Alexander Payne - Director
Alexander Payne - Screenplay
Jane Ann Stewart - Production Designer
Jim Taylor - Screenplay
Kevin Tent - Editor
Michael London - Producer
Paul Giamatti - Actor
Rex Pickett - Based On Novel By
Sandra Oh - Actor
Thomas Hayden Church - Actor
Virginia Madsen - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 2257769
UPC 00024543175780
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 123 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (2005) Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published,Alexander Payne, Nominee, Best Director,Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay,Michael London, Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year
Golden Globe (2005) Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay,Sideways, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy,Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
British Academy Awards (2005) Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay,Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Screenplay - Adapted
Independent Spirit (2005) Alexander Payne, Winner, Best Director,Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Screenplay,Michael London, Winner, Best Feature,Paul Giamatti, Winner, Best Male Lead,Thomas Haden Church, Winner, Best Supporting Male,Virginia Madsen, Winner, Best Supporting Female
Screen Actors Guild (2005) Paul Giamatti, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review In Sideways, Payne holds true to the form he displayed in his previous movies. The drama is l
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this -- and there's a particu
Reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Sideways is from Alexander Payne (Election, About Schmidt), whose films simultaneously satirize and observe life in America. Unlike David Lynch, who uses saws and butcher knives to dissect the American dream, Payne prefers a scalpel. Lynch often ridicules his characters (and sometimes the audience), but it's clear that Payne likes the individuals he uses to populate his films, even though they're not always the nicest of people. Sideways looks at one of the oldest and oddest of "civilized" conventions: the bachelor party. Using this as a springboard, the movie becomes about friendship, love, sex, and wine...There are no big, A-list stars, although the quality of the acting is of the highest caliber. The leads are played by character actors Paul Giamatti (as Miles) and Thomas Hayden Church (as Jack). These two are best friends who take a one-week road trip to California's wine country to celebrate Jack's upcoming wedding. Their plans are to spend their days tasting wine and playing golf. But an itch in Jack's pants gets in the way. He wants to have a last fling, and he targets the feisty Stephanie (Sandra Oh) - except he neglects to mention that he's not looking for a long-term commitment. While Jack is romping with Stephanie, Miles tentatively tries to set something up with her friend, Maya (Virginia Madsen), a waitress with whom he has had prior contact...Overall, how does this compare to Payne's previous two movies? It's not as openly satirical as Election and is a little less bleak than About Schmidt. The characters in Sideways are better developed than those in the earlier films, the poignancy is just as forceful as it was in About Schmidt, and the comedy is slightly better integrated. In my opinion, this is Payne's finest movie to-date. It is a little on the long side (slightly over two hours), but the minutes fly by. It's likely that 2004 won't offer a better movie about a mid-life crisis.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "There was a tasting last night," Miles Raymond explains, on one of those alcoholic mornings that begin in the afternoon and strain eagerly toward the first drink. That's why he's a little shaky. He's not an alcoholic, you understand; he's an oenophile, which means he can continue to pronounce French wines long after most people would be unconscious. We realize he doesn't set the bar too high when he praises one vintage as "quaffable." No wonder his unpublished novel is titled The Day After Yesterday; for anyone who drinks a lot, that's what today always feels like...Miles is the hero of Alexander Payne's "Sideways," which is as lovable a movie as "Fargo," although in a completely different way. He's an English teacher in middle school whose marriage has failed, whose novel seems in the process of failing, whose mother apparently understands that when he visits her, it is because he loves her, and also because he needs to steal some of her money. Miles is not perfect, but the way Paul Giamatti plays him, we forgive him his trespasses, because he trespasses most of all against himself...Miles' friend Jack is getting married in a week. They would seem to have little in common. Jack is a big, blond, jovial man at the peak of fleshy middle-aged handsomeness, and Miles looks like -- well, if you know who Harvey Pekar is, that's who Giamatti played in his previous movie. But Jack and Miles have been friends since they were college roommates, and their friendship endures because together they add up to a relatively complete person...Alexander Payne has made four wonderful movies: "Citizen Ruth," "Election," the Jack Nicholson tragicomedy "About Schmidt," and now this. He finds plots that service his characters, instead of limiting them. The characters are played not by the first actors you would think of casting, but by actors who will prevent you from ever being able to imagine anyone else in their roles.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Giamatti,Paul
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
New York Daily News A comedy masterpiece!
Peter Rainer, New York Magazine Sweetest, funniest, most humane movie I've seen all year.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Pure movie bliss.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...the best human comedy of the year...
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer Exhilarating, edgy and wryly comic.
Megan Lehmann, New York Post A sublime variation on the buddy road movie, infusing the midlife crises of the two main protagonists with hope and poetry.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune A boisterous, brilliant, heart-warming comedy--strikes me as just about perfect.
Newsweek Wonderful, hilarious...deliciously bittersweet.
Premiere a painful, uproarious story of humanity, this is a perfectly contained cinematic experience.

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