Two old friends embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. They veer dizzily sideways into a wry, comedic exploration of the crazy vicissitudes of love, friendship and the enduring war between Pinot and Cabernet.
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I found the ending to this film to be so incredibly moving, it's what pushed me into loving it. Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church were both fantastic and the story had a very good balance of subtle humor and heavy drama. The characters and writing in this film are extraordinary. They felt very flawed but relatable very real. Loved this movie. Oaky.
A captivating drama that truly embraces its simplicity and closely follows its characters, examining their flaws as humans, and showing us some of the most tender sequences that also happen to be bittersweet and poignant. Loved it.
It’s got some funny lines and dramatic scenes but I still cannot put a genre label on it. The ideas in this film are a tree inside a very simple and small acorn. The fact that it defies categorization makes it more rewatchable. Payne’s film will certainly have a long shelf life in my movie collection.
I love this film. Giamatti's vulnerable performance is breathtaking and who knew Virginia Madsen could deliver a knockout monologue? Thomas Hayden Church likewise deserved his Oscar nod and the script is beautifully paced and executed by Payne. Great film.