Sideways (2004)

Sideways (2004)

A potent road film filled with friendship, romance, and lots of wine

7.3

Movie

Hungary, Italy
Armenian, English
Comedy, Drama, Romance
2004
ALEXANDER PAYNE
Alex Kalognomos, Alysia Reiner, Cesar Ramos
127 min

What it's about

Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.

The take

Best friends Miles and Jack are off to wine country to celebrate Jack's last week of freedom before he gets married. They drop white lies about themselves, with Miles pretending to be a successful writer and Jack not mentioning his impending wedding, and soon meet two beautiful women whom they spend the rest of their stay with. What sounds like a dreamy bachelor's celebration, however, soon unravels into a messy tangle of tall tales. Miles and Jack contemplate their situation in smart, sad, and silly turns, delivering excellent performances and an overall hard-hitting road movie. 

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