Flashback Friday-Sideways (2004)

The prevailing theory on life is that by the time we reach a certain age, we should have our sh*t together. That is not always the case.

In the 2004 movie, Sideways, nearly middle aged Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) are long time friends. Shortly before Jack walks down the aisle, Miles is taking his friend on a men only getaway to California’s wine country. They plan to drink good wine, eat good food and hit a few rounds of golf. Nothing more. But like the saying goes: “mortals plan, g-d laughs”.

A serial philanderer, Jack hooks up with Stephanie (Sandra Oh). Miles starts hanging out with Stephanie’s friend Maya (Virginia Madsen). There are sparks between Miles and Maya, but Miles is unsure about moving forward with a potential relationship, still shaken up by his divorce. Neither Maya or Stephanie know that Jack is soon to be a married man.

What I loved about this movie is that it is for grownups. It has 3D characters who are just as normal, fallible and human as anyone walking down the street. I loved that Jack is an a**hole and Miles’s social anxiety gives him a flaw that makes him feel real to the audience.

I also appreciate that Miles is a writer who is trying desperately to find a publisher for his book, but is continually being turned down.

I recommend it.

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