Rent Sideways (2004)

3.3 of 5 from 612 ratings
2h 1min
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Synopsis:
A wine-tasting road trip through California's Central Coast takes an unexpected detour as Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church), two 30 somethings mature along the way. The comically mismatched pair soon find themselves drowning in wine, women... and laughter!
Actors:
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Directors:
Voiced By:
Toni Howard
Writers:
Rex Pickett, Alexander Payne
Others:
Jim Taylor
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Romance
Awards:

2005 BAFTA Best Adapted Screen Play

2005 Oscar Best Adapted Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
16/05/2005
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Feature Audio Commentary
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Introductions
  • Behind The Scenes Featurette
  • 3 Easter Eggs including gag reel!
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/03/2013
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles:
Cantonese, English Hard of Hearing, French, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Full-Length Audio Commentary by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church
  • 7 Deleted Scenes
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Easter Eggs: Project Searchlight, Gag Reel, Wrap Party Slide Show Reel

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Reviews (11) of Sideways

Quirky - Sideways review by Rubber Ducky

Spoiler Alert
02/09/2006

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

Spoiler Alert
05/09/2006

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.

Slow but rewarding - Sideways review by Rob S

Spoiler Alert
08/05/2006

Agree that this is a slow paced movie, but I have to disagree with the other reviewers here as I thought this was a great little character driven film and personally one of the best that I saw in 2005.

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

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