Academy Awards 2004 -
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne
Los Angeles Times - 10/22/2004
"[A] completely satisfying movie that quietly, gently blows you away. Exactly written, directed with a surgeon's precision and transcendently acted, SIDEWAYS brings emotional reality to a consistently amusing character comedy."
USA Today - 10/22/2004
"This is a building-block movie: Its stand-out excellence becomes apparent only gradually..."
Rolling Stone - 11/11/2004
"[The film] fuses bracing wit and emotional gravity into something funny, touching and vital....Pure movie bliss."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/29/2004
"It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 12/01/2004
"[O]ne of the most incisive movies ever made about the intricacies of male bonding."
Premiere - 02/01/2005
"[A]s a painful, uproarious story of humanity, this is a perfectly contained cinematic experience."
Uncut - 02/01/2005
"SIDEWAYS is a thoughtful, comic road movie about people going through some kind of breakdown."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2005
"[T]he most likeable and affecting film that Payne has yet made."
Uncut - 01/01/2006 Ranked #5 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "It's a heartbreaking study of life, loves and second chances, beautifully performed by the two leads."
Following ABOUT SCHMIDT and ELECTION, Alexander Payne once again focuses on the comedy of personal tragedy in the hilarious and poignant SIDEWAYS. Paul Giamatti (AMERICAN SPLENDOR) plays Miles, the film's antihero, a failed author and self-defeatist who still pines for his ex-wife, who divorced him years before. Meanwhile, Miles's old friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) is getting married, and the two set off on a bachelors' road trip through California wine country. While Miles looks forward to male bonding over the best bottles the vineyards can offer, Jack is a playful philanderer who just wants to get laid. Thus, this fortysomething odd couple find themselves in conflict, leading to a chaotic week of disagreements, miscast romance with some local women (Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh), and eventually, total meltdown.
Payne's artistic direction and excellent character construction will have viewers reeling with laughter, while also feeling true compassion for these two easy-to-read buddies. The film offers beautiful photography of the California countryside, some unique insight into the wine industry, and a soundtrack featuring tunes by Luna, Pat Travers, Bonnie Raitt, and others. Viewers will come away from SIDEWAYS with a smile on their faces, and a thirst for a nice glass of Pinot Noir.
Description by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:
In this intoxicating, intelligent comedy, director Alexander Payne (Election, About Schmidt) serves up "one of the best movies of the year" (Entertainment Weekly) about the ups, downs and sideways journeys of life. A wine-tasting road trip through California's famed Central Coast takes an unexpected detour as Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) hit the gas en route to their mid-life crisis. The comically mismatched pair soon find themselves drowning in wine, women... and laughter!
Based On A Novel |
THEATRICAL RELEASE: OCTOBER 20, 2004
This film screened as part of the 42nd New York Film Festival sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.