Sideways

SIDEWAYS (15)
D: Alexander Payne
20th Century Fox (Michael London)
US 2004
126 mins

Comedy/Drama

W: Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor [based on the novel by Rex Pickett]
DP: Phedon Papamichael
Ed: Kevin Tent
Mus: Rolfe Kent

Paul Giamatti (Miles Raymond), Thomas Haden Church (Jack Lopate), Virginia Madsen (Maya), Sandra Oh (Stephanie), Jessica Hecht (Victoria)

Sideways is one of those films which found itself critically lauded but didn't quite find its feet with mainstream audiences.
Two middle-aged men, one a failed writer and the other a struggling actor, learn about love, life and fine wine when they go on a road trip through California's wine country.
The adroit performances & witty screenplay  can't be faulted, but much like a Beaujolais, it won't be to everyone's taste.
7/10
 
Paul Giamatti & Thomas Haden Church in Sideways
Paul Giamatti & Thomas Haden Church in Sideways