Sideways (2004)Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California’s wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Directed by
Alexander Payne

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh, Marylouise Burke, Jessica Hecht, Missy Doty, M.C. Gainey, Alysia Reiner, Shake Tukhmanyan, Shaun Duke, Robert Covarrubias, Patrick Gallagher, Stephanie Faracy, Joe Marinelli

My Review
This is a good film. I was concerned when I got it that it was all hype. It seems that people always latch onto an indie film every couple of years or so and ride it through oscar season and so on to just prove that you can make any film big. Luckily Sideways is a film that isn’t just about hype. Good acting, directing and a great story.

I would imagine for some younger viewers it is not that great, obviously kids but mainly 20 somethings and some thirty somethings. Above allpretty much any adult can relate to the characters in the film. Whether it is at a personal level or you have known somoeone in your life like these characters.

Another concern I had going in, I don’t like wine. Everyone would talk to me about the wine drinking and tasting and all that so I figured I was in for a bore. I guess I am just not as cultured as some of you. Once again, proven wrong, the wine drinking and tasting parts are comedic and poke fun.

The film is a little long, starts off a little slow, but overall it is a good watch. I would have been happy to see it in the theater, but there aren’t any real qualities about the film that will make you feel like you missed anything by just watching it at home.

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