November 28, 2004


sidewaysAlexander Payne's most mature film yet. Payne perfectly balances madcap, screwball silliness with real human interaction. Paul Giamatti plays Miles, a depressed struggling writer who takes his old college buddy Jack (Thomas Haden Church) on a weeklong wine country trip the week before Jack's wedding. Jack is a conscience-free zone, and he plans to get his knob polished well and often before tying the knot. Jack recognizes that a little hokey-pokey would help Miles at lot more than Zanax, but is Miles too deep in his own tailspin to get laid? (Landmark Embassy Cinema, Waltham)