- Sideways review by Rubber Ducky
Really liked this film and surprised by negativity of other reviews. Brilliant performance by Giamatti as a pretentious wine buff and Madsen is enthralling as the woman who catches his eye. A bit painful at times, but that's the of realism hitting home.
4 out of 7 members found this review helpful.
A coming of middle-age drama.
- Sideways review by Shatner's Bassoon
The plot of 'Sideways' focuses on the characters of Miles and Jack, Recently divorced Miles is an English teacher, unsuccessful writer and self-confessed wine buff. Jack is daytime TV actor whose career is slowly in decline. With Jack due to be married in a week's time, he joins his friend on Miles' annual road trip through California's wine country. While Miles intends to spend some quality time with his best friend, play some golf and indulge his passion for good food and fine wines, Jack wants use the opportunity to have a final fling, with as many women as possible before his wedding day. While on their trip they meet Maya, a local waitress, and Stephanie, a vineyard employee, and the four end up spending time together. While I personally loved this film, I'm not at all surprised to see so many negative reviews from those who have rented it. I think 'Sideways' biggest problem is that it's a film, much like 'Lost In Translation' and 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind', which has attracted an audience of people who have been drawn to the film due to its critical success and Oscar award hype. Out of this audience it seems half have disliked the film as it wasn't what they though it would be and the other half just not understanding the subtle story, which basically is about two middle aged men on a road trip which ultimately leads to them discovering and coming to terms with their own identities. If you don't like character led, slow paced independent films then 'Sideways' isn't going to be a film you'll like. On the other hand if you loved films like 'Lost In Translation', 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind', 'About Schmidt', 'Happiness' or 'American Splendor' then this is a film hopefully like me you'll thoroughly enjoy.
4 out of 9 members found this review helpful.