Despite what you may have heard, it’s not about the wine. The red stuff is merely a prop as a groom-to-be (Thomas Haden Church as midlife crisis poster boy Jack) and his best man (Paul Giamatti as aspiring author and professional failure Miles) take a trip to wine country one week before the big wedding. Calamities and life-changing decisions ensue, but Sideways is more than simply the sum of some very funny and ridiculous parts. It’s an honest, thoughtful, sometimes ugly depiction of time marching on that somehow comes full circle despite drawing a big squiggly line to get there. The buzz is definitely justified.

Extra: Commentary with Church and Giamatti, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes feature, trailer.

DVD Grade: A

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