Novel: Rex Pickett. Screenplay: Alexander Payne
Directed by Alexander Payne, Sideways follows Miles (Paul Giamatti), who is distressed about his lack of success as a novelist, and Jack (Thomas Haden Church), an equally unsuccessful actor with a rapidly approaching wedding. In a last-ditch effort to sow their wild oats, Jack and Miles take off on a final road trip to California’s wine country the week prior to Jack’s wedding. Both men have goals for the vacation — Miles wants to turn Jack on to the art of wine tasting, while Jack is concerned with exploiting his last days as a bachelor — but when the two men come across two fascinating women, the duo is forced to examine their morality, and if maturity isn’t such a depressing prospect — at least, for one of them. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi, Rotten Tomatos. Score: 5 out of 5.
The movie, my favorite from any American mainstream director so far this year, may be a bit like the vintage pinot noir Miles keeps seeking: It only seems like all the others. Once you find and uncork it, delight is guaranteed. Michael Wilmington LA Times. Score: 4 out of 4.
And what I give the movie? Score: 5 out of 5.
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