Fox Searchlight Released 2005



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Movie Summary

Alexander Payne

Sideways is about two forty-something year old men, Miles Raymond and Jack Cole, who take a week-long road trip to the Santa Ynez Valley wine country. Miles is a divorcee, unpublished author, wineaficionado, and middle school English teacher. Jack is Miles' old college roommate, a now soon-to-be-married actor. Miles wants to indulge in wine and fine food, as well as play some nice, relaxed golf, but Jack is more interested in finding one last fling. But when the two both meet women, Miles gets some bad news from his agent, and Jack gets into trouble with another woman's husband, and things get kind of crazy. Between getting ridiculously drunk and hunting down missing wedding bands, the two men have their hands full.


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Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Exactly written, directed with a surgeon's precision and transcendently acted, Sideways brings emotional reality to a consistently amusing character comedy, making it something to ...

  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Like the film itself, the performance (Giamatti's) is deeply controlled, played with restraint and with microscopic attention to detail.

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A beautifully observed, small-scale study of personal foibles, romantic uncertainty and two sides of the sadly predictable male animal.


    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • While Miles and Jack are leaving on Sunday and Miles's mom is asleep, Codename: Kids Next Door is playing on her television set.

    • QUOTES (0)

    • NOTES (6)

      • Production Budget - $16,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $71,503,593 (40th)
        Worldwide Gross - $109,706,931 (51st)

        Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $91,024,855
        Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $139,658,121

      • Other production companies:
        Michael London Productions
        20th Century Fox (distributor)

      • Filming locations include:
        Brentwood, Los Angeles, California
        Buellton, California
        Carpinteria, California
        Goleta, California
        Lompoc, California
        Los Angeles, California
        Los Olivos, California
        Montebello, California
        Oxnard, California
        San Diego, California
        Santa Maria, California
        Santa Ynez, California
        Solvang, California

      • Tagline:
        In search of wine. In search of women. In search of themselves.

      • Music:
        Thursday Night At Pasquale's
        Written and Performed by Astrid Cowan
        One Yeay After
        Written and Performed by Uli Lenz
        Umbrella Indoors
        Written and Performed by Uli Lenz
        Face To Face
        Written by Stephen Lang, Jamie Dunlap, and Scott Nickoley
        Performed by Molly Pasutti
        FearLess Love
        Written by Dillon O'Brian
        Performed by Bonnie Raitt
        Symbiosis - 2nd Movement (Largo - Andante - Maestoso - Largo) - A
        Written by Claus Ogermann
        Performed by Bill Evans
        Written by Dean Wareham, Sean Eden, Justin Harwood, and Stanley Demeski
        Performed by Luna
        NewHaven Comet
        Written by Dean Wareham, Sean Eden, Lee Wall, and Britta Phillips
        Performed by Luna
        TwoTickets To Paradise
        Written and Performed by Eddie Money
        Faded Away
        Written by Jamie Dunlap, Lisa Furr, and Scott Nickoley
        Performed by Lisa Furr
        Recuer dos de la Alhambra
        Written by Francisco Tárrega
        The Honky Tonk Wine
        Written and Performed by Carl Sonny Leyland
        Sad Songs
        Words and Music by David Klingenberger and Edward M. Rudolph
        Performed by Deke Dickerson
        Snortin' Whiskey
        Written by Pat Thrall and Pat Travers
        Performed by Pat Travers
        Nayya Ee Mez
        Performed by Gomidas Vartabed Komitas

      • Academy Awards Win:
        1. Adapted Screenplay

        Academy Awards Nominations:
        1. Picture
        2. Director - Alexander Payne (won by Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby)
        3. Supporting Actor - Thomas Hayden Church (won by Morgan Freeman for Million Dollar Baby)
        4. Supporting Actress - Virginia Madsen (won by Cate Blanchett for The Aviator)

    • ALLUSIONS (0)

    More Info About This Movie


    Comedy, Drama


    cerebral, funny but sad, Romantic Comedy, for cynics, quirky characters