Sideways

Synopsis: Struggling writer and wine enthusiast Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his engaged friend, Jack (Thomas Haden Church), on a trip to wine country for a last single-guy bonding experience. While Miles wants to relax and enjoy the wine, Jack is in search of a fling before his wedding. Soon Jack is sleeping with Stephanie (Sandra Oh), while her friend Maya (Virginia Madsen) connects with Miles. When Miles lets slip that Jack is getting married, both women are furious, sending the trip into disarray.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 122 wins & 87 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
94
Rotten Tomatoes:
96%
R
Year:
2004
127 min
$71,444,367
Website
469 Views


UNDER THE STUDIO LOGO:

KNOCKING at a door and distant dog BARKING.

NOW UNDER BLACK, a CARD --

SATURDAY:

The rapping, at first tentative and polite, grows insistent.

Then we hear someone get out of bed.

MILES (O.S.)

...the f*ck...

A DOOR is opened, and the black gives way to BLINDING WHITE

LIGHT, the way one experiences the first glimpse of day amid,

say, a hangover.

A WORKER is there.

MILES (O.S.)

Yeah?

WORKER:

Hi, Miles. Can you move your car,

please?

MILES (O.S.)

Why?

WORKER:

The painters got to put the truck

in, and you didn't park too good.

MILES (O.S.)

(a sigh, then --)

Yeah, hold on.

He closes the door with a SLAM.

EXT. MILES'S APARTMENT COMPLEX - DAY

SUPERIMPOSE --

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Wearing only underwear, a bathrobe and clogs, MILES RAYMOND

comes out of his unit and heads toward the street. He passes

some SIX MEXICANS waiting to work.

He climbs into his twelve-year-old CONVERTIBLE SAAB, parked

far from the curb and blocking part of the driveway. The car

starts fitfully.

As he pulls away, the guys begin backing up the truck.

EXT. STREET - DAY

Miles rounds the corner and finds a new parking spot.

INT. CAR - CONTINUOUS

He cuts the engine, exhales a long breath and brings his

hands to his head in a gesture of headache pain or just

anguish. He leans back in his seat, closes his eyes, and

soon NODS OFF.

INT. MILES'S APARTMENT - DAY

The door bursts open. Miles runs into the kitchen, looking

just past camera.

MILES:

F*ck!

WHIP PAN TO --

THE MICROWAVE CLOCK that reads 10:50.

ON THE PHONE --

Miles hurriedly throws clothes into a suitcase.

MILES:

Yeah, no, I know I said I'd be there

by noon, but there's been all this

work going on at my building, and

it's like a total nightmare, and I

had a bunch of stuff to deal with

this morning. But I'm on my way. I'm

out the door right this second. It's

going to be great. Yeah. Bye.

INT. MILES'S BATHROOM - DAY

ON THE TOILET --

Miles has a BOOK propped open on his knees. He turns a page,

lost in his reading.

LATER --

Miles SHOWERS.

IN THE MIRROR --

Miles FLOSSES.

INT. COFFEE HOUSE - DAY

Miles finally makes it to the front of the line.

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Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, known for the films Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, and Nebraska. more…

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