I did not consider this worth persevering with
One of the best movies I have ever seen, not because it is brilliant throughout but because it has flavours throughout that enveloped me and still linger today. One of the most poignant scenes I have ever witnessed is the one where Giamatti describes the fragility of Pinot Noir grape and the very specific conditions it requires for survival, an obvious and touching self reference. Like a lovely glass of wine that lingers on the palette.....
A couple of old school mates go on a wine tour before one of them is to get married. An odd couple scenario with love interest thrown in. Wry and observational this comedy manages to engage in a pleasant and subtle way. 3.5 stars
This did not hit the mark for us, as I remembered it had previously. The funny scenes had lost their edge, and the poignant scenes left us flat. Still, great insight into 'respectable' alcoholism and also depression.
Loved it, bought it for a mate who's into wine, great movie, sure it has it's ups and downs but I thought it was great.
I fail to see what everyone saw in this film. I gave it an hour and turned it off. So shoot me!
Low key and quietly amusing. Definitely worth watching .Pity the disc was skipping especially near beginning and end.
The film semi-successfully demonstrates the friendship of two dissimilar individuals and bundles it with an over indulgence of ‘wine speak’ and tastings. How two such people remain friends through life seems too staged for my liking. The right of passage that Paul Giamatti takes is plausible and is likely a true reflection of a divorced male in who is not lofty in social circles or successful in his career.. The film displayed a hollow body, left a dry aftertaste in my mouth. Best to leave this one in the cellar. Average at best.
Alexander Payne has now directed two movies that are supposed to be comedies but fail to connect: 'About Schmidt', with Jack Nicholson, and this one, with Paul Giametti. Two guys, approaching middle age, are on a road-trip visiting vineyards for some wine-tasting and to celebrate the immanent marriage of one of them. But all he is thinking about is getting laid before the big event, preferably with one of the barmaids or waitresses they encounter en route. As they progress across California they argue and go-on-about their hang-ups like a couple of adolescents. With 40 minutes gone and there being little prospect of anything much happening, the thought of sitting through another hour and 20 minutes of boredom was too awful to contemplate.
Liked this movie, recommend it. It's a realistic approach on what life is like for some in their 40's who find it difficult to get their life back after a divorce and another who is losing his freedom by getting married and what they get up to.
3 1/2 stars......both of those charakters you'll come across at least once in your life......very much enjoyed watching.
Don't get this movie 'cos the critics say it's great...it's not..some funny bits but an overindulgence in sprouting wines and their characteristics..a 7/10 from me vino lovers!
Wonderful, humorous film marred only by the extremely poor quality of the quickflix dvd...
A nice blend of subtle humour and pathos. Paul Giamatti is absolutely wonderful in this.
Excruciating. This film is painful to sit through. The main character, Miles, is a complete bore, a pretentious wine snob, and that sets the tone for this film.
2 hours of my life that I'll never get back.
Give it a miss.
A overrated waste of time. Nothing original or particularly funny here.
A little slow at first, but typical of this genre of movie. I thought it was slightly misogynistic (Church's character got away with murder really), but Giamatti's character gave the movie legs. A must for wine buffs also.
lots of fun...what not to do on the week before your wedding....great cast of unknowns...lots of wine talk....great scene towards the end when our hero goes to retrieve the wallet!! see it.
If you know wine, this will interest you. The human story is more captivating though. Film could have been a bit shorter perhaps.
Simply brilliant film. Recommended.
One of the 10 best movies made so far this millenium. Refreshingly original.
bit slow but a good laugh in places, worth watching
Not my sort of film,expected it to be a lot funnier,& Miles I found to be sooo depressing I wanted to shake him. Dropped off to sleep a couple of times.
Ignore the first hour, fast forward through it. It is long, slow and unlovely.
Bit quirky with some comedic moments.
SLOW??? I've seen faster glaciers! The story was so predictable & boring. The blokes were a couple of dills & the only part I liked was when the Chinese girl beat up the wannabe boyfriend with her bike helmet. If she had done that at the start we could have all gone to bed for an early night. Don't bother.
Although it has a slow beginning, I really enjoyed this movie. The characters are engaging (although not particularly likeable), the scenery to die for, and the storyline has a lot more to it than what you first think. I thought the music was spot-on as it blended perfectly with the roadtrip through the vineyards. Yes, the ending was a bit abrupt, but gives you enough so that you can really draw your own conclusions. A film for both sexes.
Thelma and Louise find their masculine side, without driving off the edge of the canyon; although one of them lives dangerously in his treatment of women, and the other is just soft.
Boring and depressing. Great travelogue for the California wine country. Beautiful scenery. That's about all it had going for it.
If you love wine and a laugh, then treat yourself to this movie
Well paced movie with interesting story line, entertaining and relaxing to watch at the same time. Wine lovers is a bonus, splurge yourself a good glass when u watch it
I hated this movie from the start; the lounge lizard music, the Saab convertible, the pretentious wine crap. But of course it had to go somewhere and it did. Whether it achieved anything by doing so I'm not sure.
I didn't see anything special in the acting, the direction meandered, and I didn't care about either of the male characters. Maybe the whole wine subtext was deeply metaphorical and I missed it completely. I don't know what any woman would see in it, and maybe for us males it depends on whether you are a Jack or a Miles. Me, I'm sadly a Miles and he bored the crap out of me.
No. sorry. Not for me.
A winos romp thru America's vinyards, wine tasting & explanations on how some wines and grapes are treated. The main storyline seems to be incidental. I drink some wine, BUT, this was not for my taste.
Storyline kept you entertained. Break open a bottle of red before starting to watch this.
A great film enjoyed with a glass of red wine !
Annoying characters behaving particularly badly, though amusing at times.
What an awful film! Dull performances, unlikeable characters - a complete disappointment.
Almost going to say pathetic. Poor plot, loose storyline of two jerks, one who is to be married in week's time and the other divorced for two years going round wine tasting, drinking and conning chicks. Unless you've got all the time in the world, this is certainly not recommended.
Worth watching but a little flimsy on the storyline.
Excellent. Very entertaining.
I wanted to see this when it first came out but missed it. Two men take a trip together both with their own conceptions of what the trip is about, both with their baggage and the twists and turns the movie takes.
A fantastic film! It centres around the bucks road trip with two friends who don't seem at all suited. A couple of scenes at the end of the film had us in stitches.
A bit slow - has some funny parts but it took a while to warm to the characters.
Fun to watch wine tour - make sure you have a glass handy....
We really enjoyed this "Buddy-road-trip-in-mid-life-crisis" movie
Quirky, real charachters, laugh-out-loud humourous moments and scathingly accurate scripting!
There's a hint of irony too as Miles tells Maya why he likes Pinot - he's describing himself rather than a fine wine.
A finely studied character piece, reminiscent of Neil Simon and worth a closer look.
Pretty slow in parts. Not sure why they dragged it out to 2 hours.
Ok but nothing to rave about
Boring. All about men and wine. Maybe it's good if you're a 50 year old wine lover.
Funny yet poignant. Humour with depth. You'll rush out for a bottle of pinot noir after this one.
If you like wine you will love this movie - If you don't like wine you will love this movie too...it's a fun romp through a midlife crisis and made on very slim budget one cannot help but be impressed! See it! It will give you something to talk about over a bottle of fine wine!
Outstanding! Excellent story line built around wine appreciation. The luscious backdrop of vines, and mouth watering photography was excellent Highly entertaining comedy piece, with first class acting performances. My only criticisms: Why did the actors continually wrap their fingers around the wine glasses, to leave finger prints and smears to mask the assessment of wine clarity? Then there was the key actor drinking his precious "61" out of a polystyrene cup. I don't think so! Blasphemy! But overall the movie was marvellous entertainment; I hope to view "Sideways" again at a later stage.
A great movie - very quirky!
An endearing, funny, wise film about friendship, love and wine. One of the year's -and director Alex Payne's -absolute best.
I like the acting style of Paul Giamatti but he has been in better than this
loving it, down to earth and funny . who said americans couldn't do wit
While I enjoyed it, the movie was a little long and the features were not particularly exciting.
Not much of a story, more of a travel promotion for California wineries. You could almost like the rogue, Jack, at least he added a little humour
As is typical of Alexander Payne's directing, it is the story of an average guy struggling with his current life challenges. Paul Giamatti deserves the praise he is getting for this movie - he is fantastic as the lovable loser-in-love wine snob. Thomas Hayden Church is also great as the philandering has-been actor. Plenty of hilarious suprises and brutal life-affirming honesty make Sideways one to watch out for.