|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||England vs USA, Romantic Comedies, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||2 hours 7 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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A real treatBy Philip Concannon from London , 29 Jan 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]A road-trip through wine country becomes a voyage of self-discovery for a pair of mismatched buddies in 'Sideways', the latest film from Alexander Payne and unquestionably one of the finest American films of the year
Paul Giamatti takes the lead role of Miles, a teacher and failed novelist in his early forties who has barely come through a painful divorce. He is depressed, filled with self-loathing and has developed a fascination with wine which is teetering on the brink of full-blown alcoholism. Miles' friend Jack is about to get married so he and Miles head out on their 'stag week'. Miles has planned seven days of wine-tasting, golf, good food and relaxation, but Jack has other things on his mind. He simply wants to have as much sex as possible before he commits to one woman.
When Jack hooks up with bartender Stephanie(Sandra Oh) they embark on a one-night stand which develops into a whirlwind romance. But Miles finds it harder to open up and reveal his true feelings for Maya(Virginia Madsen) a divorced waitress who he has admired from a distance for years.
'Sideways' is a perfectly pitched, hilarious and moving film which never falters. Payne and his regular writing partner Jim Taylor have crafted a first-rate screenplay from Rex Pickett's novel, deceptively simple but containing many depths and layers which reveal themselves throughout the film. This is also the best directed film that Payne has made yet, perfectly paced and constantly moving smoothly from knockabout humour to genuine pathos.
However, the real reason 'Sideways' is so successful is down to the performances of its four leads. Church, Madsen and Sandra Oh are superb, all giving the best performances of their career, but this is Giamatti's show. As he did in last year's 'American Splendour' he has managed to take a very unlikeable character and elicit our sympathy and understanding. Miles is neurotic, self-obsessed and prone to throwing tantrums but Giamatti exposes his soul and makes us desperate for his relationship with the wonderful Maya work out. It is a subtle, funny, moving and utterly compelling performance and the Academy should be ashamed for ignoring his incredible feats for the second year in a row
You won't see many better films than this for some time. 'Sideways' is a triumph, a sublime piece of work which rings true from first minute to last. This film showcases one of American cinema's brightest young talents at the top of his game and we can only hope that, like a fine wine, Payne improves with age.
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Yawn Yawn........By a customer , 19 Dec 2013If you have an interest in wine and Sleezy odd ball guys who get female attention they clearly don't deserve as they travel through the grape growing region of America then you will love this film. It was a poor choice myself and i admit i picked it on the basis it has a 3 star rating. Acting was ok no real cheesy bits so on that point ok but that's about it. Lets get the star rating down on this one me thinks.
A subtle little cracker of filmBy Myspin (6 reviews) , 16 Dec 2013Sheer class -- if you have taste you will love this. Sheer class -- if you have taste you will love this. Sheer class -- if you have taste you will love this.
Yawn a minute...By RubyG7 (23 reviews) , 05 Nov 2013Ok, maybe I shouldn't have watched this film as I don't drink wine (due to the fact it gives me migraines) but I thought this wouldn't matter...it does. I don't enjoy wine, so watching people go on endless wine tastings and waffling on about wine is not entertaining and this goes on for half the film! The other half of the film is not a 'voyage of discovery' as the blurb would have you believe but more one guy wanting to get his leg over as many times as possible before he gets married and his more straight laced mate having to mop up his mess. Not very original... There are no endearing characters, no interesting moments and despite being called 'The funniest film of the year' by GQ magazine it contained nothing that even made me smile. I am completely at a loss as to why it won golden globes and got great reviews, maybe the professional reviewers got a crate of wine to watch the film with? I would avoid this and watch just about anything else instead...maybe just stare at a bottle of wine as you drink it? For real entertainment you could floss your teeth instead...
Wonderful midlife tragi-comedyBy a customer , 17 Sep 2013The worst thing you can do after watching Sideways is tell someone that it's a great comedy with real depth and they must see it. Their expectations go all wrong: they think that they're about to see a high-brow Meet the Fokkers and then get disappointed when they're not laughing every minute.
What you should actually tell them is that this is an incredibly poignant film about the time of life when things have not quite worked out as expected. Approached with an expectation of regretful human interest, the hopeful moments, the underlying message of optimism in adversity and the many episodes of side-splitting, laugh-out-loud humour will set the experience off perfectly.
Do yourself a big favour: buy some wine and rent this film.
Sideways? What a dissapointmentBy Schaddy (1 review) , 06 Sep 2013This film had potential to be a funny road trip kind of movie but for me ended up being a couple of sad old men in a car drinking a lot of wine. It appeared to promote drinking & driving in the US and was not at all funny. This film did not inspire me in any way. I was frustrated by the two characters and thought the ending was predictable and boring.