Rent Sideways (2004)

3.3 of 5 from 634 ratings
2h 1min
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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!
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Voiced By:
Toni Howard
Rex Pickett, Alexander Payne
Jim Taylor
20th Century Fox
Action & Adventure, Romance

2005 BAFTA Best Adapted Screen Play

2005 Oscar Best Adapted Screen Play

Release Date:
Run Time:
121 minutes
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Feature Audio Commentary
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Introductions
  • Behind The Scenes Featurette
  • 3 Easter Eggs including gag reel!
Release Date:
Run Time:
121 minutes
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 5.1, Portuguese DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1
Cantonese, English Hard of Hearing, French, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
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  • 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 CP Customer

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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 8 members found this review helpful.

A coming of middle-age drama. - Sideways review by CP Customer

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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 10 members found this review helpful.

Slow but rewarding - Sideways review by Rob S

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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.

Should have read the other reviews here, before wasting my time on this film - Sideways review by MG

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Sexist, boring and dated, but most of all....... not very funny. I cannot understand why it has attracted critical acclaim (in some quarters!)

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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