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Sideways (2004)

Rothe Blog Movies SidewaysFour and a Half Stars

Starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Hayden Church, and Virginia Madsen, Sideways is about a week of wine drinking and running away from the future that two guys do prior to Church’s wedding. They meet two women, Church looking to get laid, and Giamatti looking to feel alive and make a true connection with anyone.

I really liked this movie. Church is the fun guy who is older, and is having problems with the idea of being tied down, that he has given in to one woman and Giamatti is depressed and mediocre, looking to find anyone to connect with that doesn’t force him out of his comfort zone. There is real dialogue, and the whole movie felt like you were spying in on two guys and their week in California. Funny, and realistic, you really relate to what Paul feels and how he reacts to those around him as the movie unfolds his past experiences.

If you can stand some of the male schvenism and brief sex scenes, I would recommend this movie to those people who like a good story about real people and all of their baggage and imperfections.

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