Lists: Best Picture nominee 2000 to 2009, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Drama

Brief Synopsis: "Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle. Both meet two beautiful women on their trip and become romantically involved with them."

Overall Ranking: 1284 (Rank from 2004: # 27)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 20%
Regular 60%
Half-Popped 20%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi97(full review)
Dan O'Neill85(full review)
Sir M Hayes XIV80
Patrick Devitt80
Rob from GuysFilmQuest79Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 4
Bryan Lienesch74 - I'll say this: it's a GOOD wine movie. But there are better. Much better.
Comedy: 6
Sex Appeal: 6
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 5
Jay of Life Vs Film70(full review)
Dave Examines Movies65(full review)
Brandon H60
Gorgon Reviews52

People Involved

  • Paul Giamatti (Miles)
  • Thomas Haden Church (Jack)
  • Virginia Madsen (Maya)
  • Sandra Oh (Stephanie)
  • Marylouise Burke (Miless Mother)
  • Jessica Hecht (Victoria)
  • Missy Doty (Cammi)
  • M.C. Gainey (Cammis Husband)
  • Alysia Reiner (Christine Erganian)
  • Shake Tukhmanyan (Mrs. Erganian)
  • Shaun Duke (Mike Erganian)
  • Robert Covarrubias (Miless Building Manager)
  • Patrick Gallagher (Gary the Bartender)
  • Stephanie Faracy (Stephanies Mother)
  • Joe Marinelli (Frass Canyon Pourer)
  • Alexander Payne (Director)