Sideways

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(2004) ★★★

Sky Movies Select: Sunday 10 January, 8.00pm

In two weeks, fading TV soap star Thomas Haden Church is getting married. The best man will be Paul Giamatti, a junior school teacher and would-be writer who’s been depressed since his divorce two years ago. For Church’s last taste of freedom, Giamatti takes him on a wine-bore jaunt in California’s vineyards.

Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh are the unfortunate women the two men encounter. This presumptious little number had the critics drooling – granted, it’s given room to breathe – but Giamatti’s a morose, whining drunk, Church is an incorrigible narcissist and, jeez, their antics aren’t that funny.

Rolfe Kent’s music is certainly much jauntier than anything on screen. It’s from director Alexander Payne, so you might know what to expect – another tale of ordinary madness. More About Schmidt, alas, than either Election or Nebraska.

Certificate: 15
Duration: 125min

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Other Showings Date & Time
Sky Movies Select Thursday, 14 January at 9:50AM
Sky Movies Select Thursday, 14 January at 8:00PM