Open a bottle of pinot noir and enjoy the darkly comedic road trip of two self-absorbed, middle-aged buddies in denial. Divorced English teacher, failed novelist, and oenophile Miles (teddy-bearish Giamatti) decides that his lothario, D-list actor pal Jack (Church) deserves a weeklong send-off in the California wine country before his marriage. Naturally, they meet two women infinitely more self-aware and honest than themselves. For Miles, it's kindly blonde waitress Maya (Madsen) while Jack figures he can indulge in a pre-wedding fling with tart-tongued wine pourer Stephanie (Payne's wife Oh). Payne's film is for adults in the best possible way: it's intelligent, amusing, exasperating, and romantic--much like the characters themselves. Great performances by all; based on the novel by Rex Pickett.
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Available on DVD
Running time 124 minutes.
Originally from United States.
Oscars 2004: Adapt. Screenplay; British Acad. 2004: Adapt. Screenplay; Golden Globes 2005: Film--Mus./Comedy, Screenplay; Ind. Spirit 2005: Actor (Giamatti), Director (Payne), Film, Screenplay, Support. Actor (Church), Support. Actress (Madsen); Screen Actors Guild 2004: Cast; Writers Guild 2004: Adapt. Screenplay.
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