"Sideways", directed by Alexander Payne

Movie, 2004

Effective buddy and road type movie, in which old friends at very different stages of their personal journeys seek out wine and women. This is an effective, gentle film which prods away at some pretty hefty themes around infidelity and loneliness, while fitting in a decent number of laughs and capers along the way. The warmth towards all the characters shines through, however, as middle age is approached through different perspectives. The film isn’t especially novel, with most viewers probably feeling they’re covering some relatively well trodden ground, but this is, nonetheless, a generous, funny and watchable film.

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