Excerpt: Miles (Paul Giamatti) and his friend Jack (Thomas Hayden Church) once had visions of lives in which all their dreams would be realized, with fame, fortune, and all that goes with immense success.
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.
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 .