Theatrical Release: November 27, 2004
DVD Release: April 5, 2005


A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack’s final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women. Emerging from a haze of pinot noir, wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality.

Dove Review

I can’t think of many movies in which Paul Giamatti has been the main character, but after viewing “Sideways”, my recommendation to Hollywood is to change that trend. His character, Miles Faymond, is very well developed; and easy to relate to. Giamatti was the perfect actor to play the somewhat unstable Miles; much the same personality of the hostage he played in “The Negotiator”. I enjoyed this film, which is full of many laughs, very much. Also, mostly because Miles is a wine taster, I learned a lot about the many different wines, and how they are developed. This film will be enjoyed by adults of all ages.

I do not recommend this film due to much inappropriate content. While the storyline is very good, there are several drinking scenes; not surprising since Miles is indeed a wine taster on a “bachelor trip” with his friend. I did not see any need for the amount of vulgar language- the f word is uttered over sixty times. Also included in this flick is some sexually sensitive conduct- including a couple sex scenes. It’s too bad such a well written movie had to be tainted with such unneeded junk. This movie is not Dove approved.

Content Description

Sex: Talk of having sex throughout movie, two scenes where sex is shown, man cheats on his fiance’.
Language: I counted 67 F’s, 14 S’s, 6 J/JC’s, 3 GD’s, 5 H’s, 3 A’s
Violence: Woman shown beating man in face with motorcycle helmet
Drugs: Drinking alcohol throughout movie, smoking marijuana/ cigarettes
Nudity: Scene with man and women shown having sex, man shown fully nude, women in bikini’s shown on television, man reading nude magazine
Occult: None


Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Writer: Jim Taylor
Director: Alexander Payne
Producer: Michael London
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 123 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Bradley B. Klinge