Sideways

Sideways

DVD - 2005
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A pair of friends takes a road trip through wine country to celebrate Jack's final bachelor days. They indulge in a mid-life crisis consisting of wine, women and a yearning for the past, but they eventually collide with reality.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2005, c2004
Edition: Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Sep 20, 2017

"In Vino Veritas" takes on a hip contemporary spin in what could well be Hollywood’s first oenological romantic dramedy as bottles of the red and white liquid become something of an overbearing metaphor: a cherished bottle of Cheval Blanc ’61 precipitates a life change and a droning monologue on pinot grapes—they’re terribly delicate yet nurtured properly they produce the finest vintage—pretty well speaks to everyone. But Giamatti’s insufferably neurotic wine snob garners little sympathy (think Woody Allen dropped into the middle of a vineyard) while Church’s clueless man-slut starts to get on your nerves after the third or fourth sexual reference. Despite a host of Oscar nominations this is a movie whose aging angst-ridden protagonists seem to hearken from a different era, like a Gen X version of "The Big Chill" served between glasses of Syrah and Chardonnay. And unless you’re totally into viniculture the endless wine references are just so much fermented grape juice.

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kpelish
Mar 06, 2017

A pre-wedding road trip tries to be engaging, but I found both male characters self-absorbed and boring. While it's possible that the attractive waitress/horticulture student (who has her stuff together) may really like Paul Giamatti’s character, and they may become friends, it seems more like a middle-aged man’s fantasy come true. He’s depressed; alcoholic; steals money from his own mother; can’t confront his sex-obsessed, soon-to-be-married friend; lies about his book publication; and has an ugly tantrum at a wine tasting because he doesn't get his own way. Unclear why this film received the plaudits it did.

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maduncan
Jul 25, 2016

The main characters look more appealing after a few glasses of wine, but the great script will keep you entertained. In the end, their personalities reveal much about ourselves and create plenty of entertaining drama even if you're occasionally repulsed by their morality.

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Myliskisan
Sep 17, 2015

So much fun. Miles is one of my most favourite characters in all of the movies I have seen. Non-stop laughs, yet bittersweet at the same time thanks to the performance by Paul Giamatti..

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sinister31
Sep 08, 2015

Hilarious, smart, whacky; This is one of the best comedies in the last two decades. Miles is a depressed writer who is also a snobbish wine afficionado-Paul Giammati is perfectly cast as the acerbic, morose Miles who still holds an Olympic torch for his ex. Thomas Haden Church is his extrovert buddy who's about to be married, and this is by far his greatest role. To label them as an alcoholic and predator is wrong and simplistic. Of course, some people don't have a sense of humor. If you do, you're in for a treat. Five stars.

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brigpa1
Sep 07, 2015

The two main characters are men most people would not want to spend time with. One is an alcoholic, the other a sexual predator.

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melek
Sep 07, 2015

Adonis took the words right out of my mouth!! Mundane and boring. I defy you to actually watch it past the halfway point without hitting 'eject'. Given the cast I was sorely disappointed. At least Sandra Oh has Under The Tuscan Sun to redeem herself. A MUCH better movie.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 30, 2015

This movie is a pretty serious rip-off of a 60s Italian movie called "Il Sorpasso." Needless to say, that movie is far superior to this well-acted, but dreary example of the male angst/crisis movie.

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LT
Feb 19, 2015

The only scene worth watching involves Sandra Oh and a fancy sportscar.

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johncruse
Sep 16, 2014

Positive: Some good lol situation comedy.
Negative: Way to much wine sipping and wine discussion. To many people who cannot speak a sentence without two F words.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

"Consult your doctor before using this product. Side effects may include oily discharge, hives, loss of appetite, low blood pressure. If you have diabetes or a history of kidney trouble, you're dead, a**hole!"

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

"I am a thumbprint on the window of a skyscraper. I'm a smudge of excrement on a tissue surging out to sea with a million tons of raw sewage." "See? Right there. Just what you just said. That is beautiful. 'A smudge of excrement ... surging out to sea.'"

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britprincess1
Aug 22, 2012

"Come on, man. You know. Hemingway, Sexton, Plath, Woolf. You can't kill yourself before you're even published."

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britprincess1
Aug 22, 2012

JACK: "That's going to be my best man gift to you this week. I'm gonna get you laid." / MILES: "Wonderful." / JACK: "I'm not gonna get you a gift certificate or a pen knife or any of that other horse s**t." / MILES: "I'd rather have a knife."

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britprincess1
Aug 22, 2012

"Are you still seeing that shrink?" "I saw him on Monday. I spent most of the time helping him with his computer."

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britprincess1
Aug 22, 2012

"It tastes like the back of a f***ing L.A. school bus. Now they probably didn't de-stem, hoping for some semblance of concentration, crushed it up with leaves and mice, and then wound up with this rancid tar and turpentine bulls**t. F***in' Raid." "Tastes pretty good to me."

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britprincess1
Aug 22, 2012

"Listen, man. You're my friend, and I know you care about me. And I know you disapprove, and I respect that. But there are some things that I have to do that you don't understand. You understand literature, movies, wine... but you don't understand my plight."

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Monolith
Apr 13, 2012

Maya: "Can I ask you a personal question, Miles?" Miles: "Sure." Maya: "Why are you so in to Pinot? ...I mean, it's like a thing with you." Miles: "Uh, I don't know, I don't know. Um, it's a hard grape to grow, as you know. Right? It's uh, it's thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It's, you know, it's not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it's neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet. "

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Monolith
Apr 13, 2012

Miles: "What about you?" Maya: "What about me?" Miles: "I don't know. Why are you into wine?" Maya: "Oh I... I think I... I originally got in to wine through my ex-husband." Miles: "Ah." Maya: "You know, he had this big, sort of show-off cellar, you know." Miles: "Right." Maya: "But then I discovered that I had a really sharp palate." Miles: "Uh-huh." Maya: "And the more I drank, the more I liked what it made me think about." Miles: "Like what?" Maya: "Like what a fraud he was."

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Monolith
Apr 13, 2012

Maya: "No, I - I like to think about the life of wine." Miles: "Yeah." Maya: "How it's a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained. I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes. And if it's an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I'd opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it's constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks, like your '61. And then it begins its steady, inevitable decline." Miles: "Hmm." Maya: "And it tastes so f**king good."

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Coarse Language: 65 f-words and derivatives thereof; 16 sexual remarks; 16 scatological references and 23 other anatomical terms; 5 mild cuss words; 8 derogatory terms for women (such as chick, b***h, etc.); some derogatory terms for homosexuals (e.g., f*g, homo); and some name-calling (dumb, stupid, idiot, etc.).

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Other: People are shown drinking a lot of wine. (The film takes place at various wine tastings, so a lot of alcohol is consumed to the point of excess.) One man drives drunk. Some characters smoke what is presumed to be tobacco or marijuana.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Sexual Content: Full frontal and rear nudity of a man. A woman's breasts are exposed. There are two scenes of couples in a coital position. Thumping can be heard through a wall implying sex.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Violence: One man intimidates a man with a golf club. A woman beats a man with a motorbike helmet; he's off-camera during this beating, but we see his injuries afterwards in bandages.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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katd74
May 13, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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katd74
May 13, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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britprincess1
Aug 22, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Aug 08, 2011

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katd74
May 13, 2010

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

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.

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