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Story

With Sideways, Paul Giamatti (American Splendor, Storytelling) has become an unlikely but engaging romantic lead. Struggling novelist and wine connoisseur Miles (Giamatti) takes his best friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church, Wings) on a wine-tasting tour of California vineyards for a kind of extended bachelor party. Almost immediately, Jack's insatiable need to sow some wild oats before his marriage leads them in into double-dates with a rambunctious wine pourer (Sandra Oh, Under the Tuscan Sun) and a recently divorced waitress (Virginia Madsen, The Hot Spot)--and Miles discovers a little hope that he hasn't let himself feel in a long time. Sideways is a modest but finely tuned film; with gentle compassion, it explores the failures, struggles, and lowered expectations of mid-life. Giamatti makes regret and self-loathing sympathetic, almost sweet. From the director of Election and About Schmidt. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church
  • 7 deleted scenes
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • 3 Easter eggs
  • Theatrical trailer

Cast

Paul GiamattiMiles
Thomas Haden ChurchJack
Virginia MadsenMaya
Sandra OhStephanie
Jessica HechtVictoria
Missy DotyCammi
M.C. GaineyCammi's Husband

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Alexander Payne
  • Producer: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Length: 126 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 22, 2004
    EuropeJan 28, 2005
    JapanMar 5, 2005
    AustraliaJan 27, 2005
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    JapanR-15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 5, 2005
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