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  • 2004
  • US/Hungary
  • 127 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alexander Payne
  • Cast: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh
  • Language: English, Armenian

Two temperamentally opposed middle-aged friends head off on a week's break in Californian wine country, before one of them gets married. One is a self-pitying divorcee and wine snob Miles (Giamatti), the other his former college roommate Jack (Church) – a washed-up TV actor, whose looks are fading, but who's still enthusiastically chasing after fresh romantic conquests in the week of his own wedding. Unfolding at a relaxed tempo, and unobtrusively edited, Sideways is a welcome throwback to the 1970s American cinema of Bob Rafelson and Jerry Schatzberg, in part simply because it reminds us of what fun it can be to hang out with guys like Jack and Miles for a couple of hours.

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