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Sideways
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Directed By
Alexander Payne

Written By:
Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Cast:
Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Gallagher, Virginia Madsen

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Sideways (2004)
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Movie Review by Zara
March 25th, 2007

Great dipiction of California Wine Country

I finally got around to watching this movie. I'd meant to watch it many times, considering that where it was filmed is the heart of where I grew up. Giamatti's mother living in Oxnard was the kicker. We moved from Arroyo Grande (San Luis Obispo area, like Madsen's character saying that she commuted to SLO Cal Poly for her masters) to Oxnard when I was 6. The off ramp that they take into Oxnard, the Vineyard off ramp puts you close to the Esplanade. Although I found it funny that they were essentially driving into the El Rio area (actually, the probably were headed towards South Oxnard).

Annnnnd.... there was my main problem with the movie. Aside from the fact that I spent much of the time saying "Oh, I've eaten there!" and "Man, I need to get back to Solvang again soon!" the movie is quite good. It's a quiet character study of two male friends, one emotionally crippled by his (not so) recent divorce and the other an unscrupulous actor, womanizing his way through Santa Barbara County the week before he's due to get married.

The only reason why I was slightly more thrilled with LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE was the scene where they're heading into the pageant and driving on the boardwalk to get to the hotel. Why? Because that's the Ventura Promenade, an area that my daughter and I will go and stroll on nice days when the sun is going down.

This movie made me start thinking about how how much fun it would be to take a certain someone with me along the route that these characters traveled although it's become a busy area because of this f*cking movie. "SIDEWAYS tours" are held regularly where tourists trample through the vineyards and wineries, making the asses out of themselves that tourists usually tend to make.

Still, I know of greater places (not to belittle SBC in any way, they really are amazing) which are further North than depicted here. I know of quiet roads with the same gorgeous sunset. Perfect places to drape blankets, eat from a picnic basket and f*ck in the sunshine with no worries of having anyone stumble upon you.

California is a beautiful place. Especially when you know where to go.

Oh, the movie...

I liked it. The idea of getting over old wounds, seeing your friends for the irredeemable scoundrels that they are, and figuring out what your heart aches for, these are all great things. The movie is unassuming and has its moments of tension but never goes over the top with them. You can watch people from a distance, understanding where they're coming from and where they're most likely headed and relate to it while being satisfied that it's not you for once.

And Sandra Oh? Yeah, I would have beaten the sh*t out of him too. Good for you.

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Jessica Film Junkie
Mar 26, 2007 2:07 AM
also wrote a review of Sideways
 
I loved this movie too. My parents live right around there too, weird!

Tim
Mar 26, 2007 12:08 AM
 
I did not get the hype of this film, I really like Paul Giamatti but I got rather bored with watching them make a road trip of tasting wine. I guess you would have to know more about Wine Country because here its moonshine and beer.
SHAYNE
Mar 26, 2007 8:46 AM
 
Moonshine and beer.........hahaha........you make us sound like a bunch of Hee Haw Rednecks..... hahaha.

Lisa
Mar 26, 2007 9:53 AM
 
I liked this film, it always reminds me that I need to get back out to Cali...I need sun.



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