#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A week before his friend Jack is to be married, best man Miles and the prospective groom head off to wine country for a week of fun, relaxation and – of course – wine drinking. Miles is the oenophile and does his best to teach Jack a bit about the art of appreciating great wine. All Jack cares about is drinking and carousing, something he accomplishes when he meets the attractive Stephanie at one of the vineyards. Miles is something of a sad sack, a high school English teacher who is a failed writer at heart. He has yet to get over the fact that his wife has divorced him and that she has remarried and he now faces that nerve racking wait for word from a prospective publisher. Miles has an opportunity to start anew when he meets Stephanie’s friend Maya but when he let’s slip that Jack is about to be married any hope of a relationship seems to be lost.
Plot: 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 One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.
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Poignant, with a slight bouquet of yummy
Sideways is a pretty, poignant, genial tale of two longtime college buddies who embark on a week long tour of wineries and golfing before one of them (Thomas Haden Church) succumbs to the shackles of marriage.
Whatever your taste in buddy movies is, you’ll probably find something you like in Sideways, which mixes the effete elitism of wine-lovers with the frat-boy antics of philanderers in wickedly seamless fashion.
Miles (Paul Giamatti) wants to give Jack (Church) a good send off before he joins his betrothed in holy matrimony at the end of the week. Miles, an avid – some would say sneeringly snotty – oenophile, comes up with the nifty idea of the two of them driving up the coast of California touring various wineries and vineyards and such. That way Miles can show off his knowledge and Jack can have a one last good, free time.
One small problem. Although Miles is perfectly content to wine and whine for the week, Jack’s eye wanders – and soon he’s setting up a double dinner date with a winery employee (Sandra Oh) and a waitress (Virginia Madsen). Suddenly the trip’s not about the two friends bonding one last time, it’s more about Jack sowing his wild oats (figuratively, hopefully) while he still can. This change in plans leads to awkward, funny, and funny-awkward moments; meanwhile, poor Miles – recovering from a divorce (and finding out secondhand that his ex-wife has just remarried) and waiting to hear if his latest literary opus will be accepted for publication – is a walking rubber band ball of neuroses and nerves. He tries to maintain the trip’s focus, while Jack just tries to have a little fun.
As with most buddy films, Things That Go Wrong tend to snowball into something far greater, and on one level Sideways is a typical road trip movie, including assumptions, lies, illogical decisions, red herrings, and so forth – all in the name of low comedy. But on another level, the movie is an honest look at love and relationships from the perspective of a single, closing-in-on-middle-age male.
Even though Giamatti and Church were hardly unknown actors before Sideways, this is truly the breakthrough film for each. Giamatti, a veteran character actor perhaps best known for his role as Pig Vomit in the screen version of Howard Stern’s Private Parts, is perfectly in his element as the self-obsessed, nervous, sincere Miles. It’s a performance to which many people can instantly relate; Miles is not handsome, he’s not smooth, he’s not really all that charming, but somehow he’s still appealing. He’s a good guy who tries to do well and sometimes suffers the whims of Lady Luck. Church is known for two TV series he was in, “Wings” and “Ned & Stacey,” and I can’t recall his ever being classified as a good actor, just an entertaining one. But he’s wonderful as the rowdy, randy, perpetually horny Jack; he seems to give the role an extra layer of depth. You can’t just write Jack off as a selfish bastard, just as you can’t just write Miles off as a dork.
Director Alexander Payne, who made the clever Election, does a fantastic job at transforming what’s really a two-character study (everyone else, including the two female leads, is background to the relationship between Miles and Jack) into a realistic, fully textured movie. Payne’s screenplay doesn’t dwell on caricatures and doesn’t offer pat explanations or resolutions. Sometimes, the film tells us, things don’t end up good or bad. They just continue on.
Although Giamatti and Church are at center stage, Oh and Madsen are both fantastic, although perhaps slightly underused. In particular, Madsen (who earned an Oscar nomination, as did Church), makes the most of her brief screen time, oozing intelligence, wit, charm, and sexuality from every pore.
Sideways doesn’t move too slowly and isn’t too talky, and because wine is one theme, there are plenty of beautifully photographed scenes of the lovely Napa Valley’s vineyards. Sideways is thoughtful, entertaining, and fascinating.
I would call this movie “American Pie for grown ups” if that description did not necessitate a certain level of maturity in the target audience. The movie (and certainly not film) details the zany exploits of two middle aged men who intend to go on a week long sex romp through California’s wine country, which is painfully less fun to watch than it would seem. Of course, the idea of a good movie shouldn’t be just to have fun and, in fact, a very large chunk of the movies on IMDb’s top 250 list are distinctly un-fun, but “Sideways” seems to have attempted nothing else; the movie has no overarching message or purgative effect, lacks any variety of engaging story, is plagued by a terrible directorial sense and fails even to inch into a third dimension for any one of its characters. And I never so much as tittered during the whole show (although I will admit that the rest of the audience carried no shortage of guffaws).
So it’s a trashy movie with no redeeming qualities. Under most circumstances I would just stop there or wouldn’t bother to write the review at all because if that’s what people want to see, I say that we should just let them see it, but there is one nagging issue that I simply cannot ignore the critical acclaim. This movie was nominated for several Oscars, including the Best Film award (over “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), has a rating well over the two or three stars that it deserves here and even made it into the top 250 films list. The only explanation I can find for its success is its paltry semblance of sophistication and humanism the semi-intelligent discussion of wine, the brief spurts of working class culture, the very un-frilly approach to sex and the fact that the movie opens by stating that it was adapted from a book (I have never read the book but, given the apparently Oscar worthy adaptation to script, I would wonder if it is even printed in hard cover). This façade very quickly breaks down as the audience is slapped unceremoniously over the head with some of the bluntest attempts at foreshadowing since Sophocles, among other equally laudable failures meaning of course, that the Academy likes to make superficial, trendy nominations – which is all extraordinarily surprising but it all does hurt a little with every reminder.
If spending seven dollars and a couple of hours on a crude, bumbling train wreck seems appetizing to you, I hope that your popcorn will be extra buttery and that the floor beneath your feet will be cleaned of all of its soda residue but please, for the sake of art accept it for being one.
You might have noticed that I gave the movie a one star rating, while I wrote that it deserved two or three. Just trying to make a right out of two wrongs (actually my one wrong plus an absolutely inconceivable number of others that brought it to an 8.1)
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 7 min (127 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Alexander Payne
Writer Rex Pickett (novel), Alexander Payne (screenplay), Jim Taylor (screenplay)
Actors Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh
Country USA, Hungary
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 122 wins & 90 nominations.
Production Company Fox Searchlight, Michael London Productions
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (color) (processing)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 5218, Fuji Reala 500D 8592)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm