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Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 7.7/10 (87,973 voted)

Critic's Score: 94/100

Director: Alexander Payne

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen

Miles is a failed writer living a meager existence in San Diego as an English teacher. With his career seemingly fading and the fate of a book hinging on a publisher's decision, Miles is depressed with himself and what he hasn't achieved. Jack is a television actor whom some recognize but not many do, as if he were a minor actor who got a taste of success. With his best friend Miles, the two embark on a road trip through California's wine country. Miles wants to give his friend a nice sendoff before married life, while Jack simply wants to have a fling beforehand. As they're both nearing middle age with not much to show for it, the two will explore the vineyards while ultimately searching for their identities.

Writers: Rex Pickett, Alexander Payne

Paul Giamatti - Miles
Thomas Haden Church - Jack
Virginia Madsen - Maya
Sandra Oh - Stephanie
Marylouise Burke - Miles's Mother
Jessica Hecht - Victoria
Missy Doty - Cammi
M.C. Gainey - Cammi's Husband
Alysia Reiner - Christine Erganian
Shake Tukhmanyan - Mrs. Erganian (as Shaké Toukhmanian)
Shaun Duke - Mike Erganian (as Duke Moosekian)
Robert Covarrubias - Miles's Building Manager
Patrick Gallagher - Gary the Bartender
Stephanie Faracy - Stephanie's Mother
Joe Marinelli - Frass Canyon Pourer

Taglines: In search of wine. In search of women. In search of themselves.


Official Website: Fox Searchlight | Fox [Spain] |

Release Date: 21 January 2005

Filming Locations: Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $207,042 (USA) (24 October 2004) (4 Screens)

Gross: $71,502,303 (USA) (15 May 2005)

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Did You Know?

During the opening credits, Miles drives west along Sunset Boulevard crossing the 405 freeway, indicating that the Erganians' house is located in the posh L.A. neighborhood of either Brentwood or Pacific Palisades.

Continuity: When Miles is checking his phone messages from the motel room, the voice instructions tell him to "enter his password and press the pound key". The sequence of digits he presses ends with one of the keys on near the top of the keypad; the pound ("#") key is on the bottom row.

[first lines]
Miles Raymond: Fuck.

User Review

Giamatti was ROBBED!

Rating: 10/10

Sideways is a beautiful portrait of mid life disappointment. The backdrop is lovely California wine country, and the casting is flawless. Every single performance in this film is surprising, pitch perfect, and unusual. The movie has the remarkable ability to capture sadness and desperation in just the light that allows the audience to recognize the humor. The ending is satisfying but not too pat. In short, this is the best film of 2004.

The standout performance in the film was Paul Giamatti's. I cannot believe he was passed over for an Oscar this year. He should have been nominated for American Splendor, and he definitely should have been nominated for Sideways. His performance was beautiful, romantic, heartbreaking and so human. Paul Giamatti, ignore the Academy! Every year they have less credibility. The people who know films and acting at all know that you are one in a handful of truly great actors working in Hollywood today.

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