*Sideways* ... Have you seen it?

Old Apr 8th, 2005, 05:12 PM
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*Sideways* ... Have you seen it?

Saw this movie a couple of weeks ago, and enjoyed it for the most part. So call me an old fuddy-duddy BUT ....... I thought the foul language was way over the top, and the *explicit* scenes were way too explicit, I thought, and not important to the story. Watching it with my in-their-seventies relatives, I was totally uncomfortable. Anyone else feel this way?
 
Old Apr 8th, 2005, 05:20 PM
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No, but then I'm between 13 and 70.

Maybe you don't approve, but it was totally believable to me. Many real people just don't say "gosh" and "goodness gracious" anymore.
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Old Apr 8th, 2005, 05:23 PM
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I can't believe that's what you got from this movie. I didn't even notice the language. Of course, Pulp Fiction is one of my favorite movies and I know someone who watched it and the only thing he got out of it was actually counting how many times they said the "F" word. What exactly did he expect two hit men to sound like?? Just like with Sideways, it fit the movie and, like Patrick said, was totally believable to me.

 
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I haven't seen the movie yet, Bonnie. Perhaps you are more cognizant of the profanity and explicit scenes BECAUSE you were watching with senior relatives. I remember watching a football game at my FIL's house with my kids one afternoon when a commercial for Viagra came on - it was the longest 30 seconds of my life, lol!
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Thought it was a thoroughly enjoyable movie, and whatever foul language there was didn't register with me -- except for the hilarious line about ****** merlot . The "explicit" scenes were so brief, and one was so funny, they were not a problem to me. It is a movie for grownups and we should be able to handle it, although I can understand why you might be uncomfortable around older relatives.
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I also saw and enjoyed Sideways. And I can appreciate your feeling a bit uncomfortable with older relatives during some of the scenes. But you do know the movie is rated "R" and that kind of language and explicit scenes sort of come with the territory.

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Old Apr 8th, 2005, 05:39 PM
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I had seen the movie, first, in the theater, then bought the DVD to watch with relatives. Somehow, the language and explicitness seemed MAGNIFIED at home, and probably, more so, since I was watching with conservative, older relatives. I DO expect some bad language and sex in almost every R-rated movie today, but I just felt this was extreme. Oh, well, next time I'd better stick with *Shrek* or *Finding Nemo* or some such with my older family members! Thanks for your comments..........
 
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That makes everything clearer! I was thinking movie theater the whole time - at least there are more people.

Wow! Just picturing the situation makes it almost funny. I can imagine you squirming a few times during the screening - lol

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Old Apr 8th, 2005, 06:05 PM
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I saw Sideways on a flight on a business trip to San Diego. Obviously it was the sensored version because the guy next to me said "you missed this/you missed that."

The following weekend I flew out to SF for Barrel Tasting in Sonoma. Some great wines out there. I remember the movie star saying "no merlot" or words to that effect. That struck a note in my mind.

We stopped at one winery, I believe it was Lambert Ridge, and they had Merlot as their barrel taster. It was wonderful!!! I should have bought a case of their futures, it was that good.

As far as the movie is concerned -- it sucked.
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Old Apr 8th, 2005, 06:21 PM
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Interresting, I didn't even notice the cursing. I hear it come out of MIL's mouth so much it no longer phases me I was bothered by the mother doing drugs while her child was in the next room though. I was bored stiff by the movie though my husband enjoyed it.

Did make me want to visit the wine country, though.
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Old Apr 8th, 2005, 06:48 PM
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I saw it months ago and dh & I both loved it - laughed out loud throughout. It never even crossed my mind that it was "explicit." I suppose it depends on what you are use to - if you favor Quentin Tarantino movies (as dh and I do) Sideways is like a Disney pic. I can't imagine being made uncomfortable by foul language in this day and age (even if you don't approve) and I can't even recall any unusually explicit scenes. I guess we each have our own perspective.
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Old Apr 8th, 2005, 06:52 PM
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It was better than "Closer," another Oscar-nominated film. I just hated all the characters in it even though I liked the flick!
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Old Apr 8th, 2005, 06:57 PM
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Dan, it's fine to "hate" the characters. That was much of the point in both Sideways and Closer. It's only bad when you "hate" the actors rather than the characters.
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Old Apr 8th, 2005, 06:59 PM
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Oh, Patrick, I agree 100%! Still, I left "Closer" feeling like I needed a shower!! And I love all of the actors in it and felt they did great jobs.
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We saw the play Closer in London a few years ago. The film seemed like Disney in comparison! I know what you mean about needing a shower!
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I once felt embarrassed watching a "Saturday Night Live" sketch with an older relative. It wouldn't have fazed me otherwise.
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I can totally relate bonniebroad ... I took my Dad to a movie once ... I thought James Bond ... 007 ... fast cars and gadgets ... this will be great ... oops ... even though I'd seen plenty of Bond movies I never really noticed the explicit scenes until I was sitting there with my Dad thinking how long can they POSSIBLY keep doing THAT on that office table!
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I loved that @$#%&% movie and never noticed any @(*&%$ language???

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Last week I saw a screening of "Kinsey" rated "R" at a small movie theater in Columbus, IN. It was a sold out event sponsored by the IU (Indiana University) Alumni Association.

As much as I'd like to think I'm a young'un I am almost 44. When I walked into the theater the average age dropped by a few years.

The guest speaker was the current PR rep for the Kinsey Institute and one of his daughters who had to be at least 70.

I kept wondering what all those older people were thinking during some of the scenes: male frontal nudity that led to Kinsey and his assistant French kissing, close-up still photos of copulation, a middle aged woman having sex with another Kinsey assistant, the interview with the man who had sex with over 9,000 partners and 22 species of animal...

(22 species? You gotta be kidding. After 5 or 6 basic quadrupeds what do you move on to? Ardvarks?!?!)

I would have enjoyed the film much more in the privacy of my own home.

I'm glad that film wasn't about my mom & dad.
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Old Apr 8th, 2005, 08:56 PM
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I enjoyed the movie, although I didn't think it was Oscar worthy. I would describe it as a nice, funny, little film. I don't get the great reviews, all the clamor, etc. The profanity didn't bother me. One word review: Overrated.
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