2004   USA Sideways
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Director:Alexander Payne
Studio:20th Century Fox
Writer:Rex Pickett, Alexander Payne
IMDb Rating:7.7 (78,653 votes)
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 92 wins & 32 nominations
Duration:127 min
Alexander Payne  ...  (Director)
Rex Pickett, Alexander Payne  ...  (Writer)
Paul Giamatti  ...  Miles
Thomas Haden Church  ...  Jack
Virginia Madsen  ...  Maya
Sandra Oh  ...  Stephanie
Marylouise Burke  ...  Miles's Mother
Jessica Hecht  ...  Victoria
Missy Doty  ...  Cammi
M.C. Gainey  ...  Cammi's Husband
Alysia Reiner  ...  Christine Erganian
Shake Tukhmanyan  ...  Mrs. Erganian (as Shak√© Toukhmanian)
Shaun Duke  ...  Mike Erganian (as Duke Moosekian)
Robert Covarrubias  ...  Miles's Building Manager
Patrick Gallagher  ...  Gary the Bartender
Stephanie Faracy  ...  Stephanie's Mother
Joe Marinelli  ...  Frass Canyon Pourer
Phedon Papamichael  ...  Cinematographer
Kevin Tent  ...  Editor
Comments: In search of wine. In search of women. In search of themselves.

Summary: With Sideways, Paul Giamatti (American Splendor, Storytelling) has become an unlikely but engaging romantic lead. Struggling novelist and wine connoisseur Miles (Giamatti) takes his best friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church, Wings) on a wine-tasting tour of California vineyards for a kind of extended bachelor party. Almost immediately, Jack's insatiable need to sow some wild oats before his marriage leads them into double-dates with a rambunctious wine pourer (Sandra Oh, Under the Tuscan Sun) and a recently divorced waitress (Virginia Madsen, The Hot Spot)--and Miles discovers a little hope that he hasn't let himself feel in a long time. Sideways is a modest but finely tuned film; with gentle compassion, it explores the failures, struggles, and lowered expectations of mid-life. Giamatti makes regret and self-loathing sympathetic, almost sweet. From the director of Election and About Schmidt. --Bret Fetzer

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