Academy Award nominee Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated for the Critics' Choice Award for Best Picture and Best Writer
Synopses & Reviews
Based on Rex Pickett's acclaimed first novel, Sideways
tells the story of Miles (Paul Giamatti), a failed novelist, and his soon-to-be married friend Jack (Wings'
Thomas Haden Church), a washed-up actor. To salute the remains of their youth, the two men take one last road trip in the week before Jack's wedding. A serious wine enthusiast, Miles is determined to educate his friend on the region's beloved Pinot Noir wines before the week is out.
Jack indulges his best friend's passion for the grape but is mainly interested in living his last week of bachelorhood to the hilt. Trouble ensues with wine and women (played by Ghosts of Mississippi's Virginia Madsen and Under the Tuscan Sun's Sandra Oh) and the duo comes to some profound realizations as they come to terms with maturity.
The Newmarket Shooting Script book includes the complete screenplay and three original commentaries written exclusively for the book by writer/director Alexander Payne, novelist Rex Pickett, and Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers.
"By far the year's best American movie." Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
"A reason to maintain hope in the film industry." The New York Times
The newest screenplay from the Oscar®-nominated writers of Election and About Schmidt, starring Paul Giamatti (American Splendor) a tale of two men's adventure in California wine country.
About the Author
Alexander Payne directed the critically acclaimed films About Schmidt, Election, and Citizen Ruth. He and Jim Taylor won a Golden Globe for their screenplay About Schmidt and received an Oscar nomination for their screenplay Election.