Conclusion: 'Sideways' follows an odd couple of friends whose last ditch effort to make something of their lives is a disaster worth watching. The humor doesn't dip to the lowest common denominator, and it's balanced by some strong acting by all four actors.
Excerpt: A wine-tasting road trip through California's famed Central Coast takes an unexpected detour as Miles and Jack hit the gas en route to their mid-life crisis. The comically mismatched pair soon find themselves drowning in wine, women...and laughter.
Conclusion: Sideways is a remarkable film. It explores some pretty dark territory while accenting Miles' downward spiral of self-doubt and loneliness with a genuinely subtle and intelligent sense of humor.
Summary: Writer-director Alexander Payne finds the perfect representative for his special brand of mid-life despair, sending the always-wonderful Paul Giamatti on a bachelor's wine tasting road trip with old college buddy Thomas Haden Church. Vintage Payne.
Excerpt: Sideways tells the deceptively simple tale of two middle-aged friends who drive up the Californian coast together to spend a week tasting wine. The trip is to celebrate the impending wedding of Jack (Thomas Haden Church), a down-on-his-luck actor who's landed himself a wealthy fianc�e.
Excerpt: I’d like to propose a toast to Paul Giamatti, who manages, yet again, to portray the unlikely hero in such a way that irritably dazzles onscreen. First, it was his depiction of comic writer Harvey Peykar in American Splendor .