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 Miles is a divorcee, unpublished author, wineaficionado, and middle school English teacher.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.


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)


More Info About This Movie


Comedy, Drama


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