Sideways (2004)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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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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  • Virginia Madsen and Paul Giamatti in Sideways (2004)
  • Alexander Payne and Missy Doty in Sideways (2004)
  • Thomas Haden Church and Paul Giamatti in Sideways (2004)
  • Alexander Payne in Sideways (2004)
  • Thomas Haden Church and Paul Giamatti in Sideways (2004)
  • Thomas Haden Church and Paul Giamatti in Sideways (2004)

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29 November 2004 | emp32
9
| Strong Acting, Character Development and Dialogue
I love movies like Sideways for many reasons. One may be that I will never see a commemorative Sideways bottle of wine or the Sideways happy meal at McDonald's. My point is that Sideways is a great movie and nothing more. It doesn't rely on blockbuster star power. It doesn't need flashy special effects or gimmicks. Paul Giammatti performs flawlessly as a flawed and deeply troubled character. I found myself forgetting he was acting. I only saw the character he was playing and became engrossed by his presence. Thomas Haden Church offers a very nice contrast by playing what appears to be a two-dimensional, sophomoric, womanizer. The story is simple and focuses more on character development. It is easy to connect with each of the main characters. They may not be likable but what they are is human. If you can't relate to them personally, they remind you of a family member or close friend. Overall, this film is for those who like movies based in reality, which as you will see can produce some of the most bizarre and comical situations of all. If you like movies with jokes you don't have to think about (Who doesn't from time to time) don't worry, this film has a surprisingly high amount of low brow, immature, vulgar humor, mixed with the dry and subtle. Give it a try. 9/10

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