Food & Film

Eat Drink Local Week Feast: SIDEWAYS

Director Alexander Payne
Year 2004
Starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen
Rating R
Run Time 126min
Age Policy

21 and up. No one under 21 admitted.

More Info IMDb

Help the Alamo Drafthouse kick off the annual Eat Drink Local Week by watching the greatest film to ever merge a bachelor party and the California wine country, SIDEWAYS along with a feast of great, local, healthy food accompanied by carefully selected wine pairings. 

The film stars Paul Giamatti as Miles, an underachieving divorced English teacher, and Thomas Haden Church as his wiseass friend, Jack who’s soon to be married. Instead of taking his best pal to Vegas before he ties the knot Miles decides to help his friend tour the great vineyards of their home state.

It’s not too long before Jack’s shenanigans change the nice and quiet weekend Miles had planned. Giamatti and Haden Church are excellent as the comedic odd couple and writer/director Alexander Payne uses the natural beauty of the wine country to juxtapose the sophomoric actions of these two men.

Filled with great humanity and biting comedy, SIDEWAYS has become one of the modern classics of American cinema. And don’t worry, per Miles’ request, we won’t be serving any freakin’ Merlot!

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