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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Paul Giamatti
Thomas Haden Church
Virginia Madsen
Sandra Oh
Directors
Alexander Payne
Screenwriters
Alexander Payne
Jim Taylor
Running Time
127 minutes

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Pinot country for old men


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Plot
Ageing voiceover actor Jack (Church) is finally tying the knot. To celebrate, his longtime friend Miles (Giamatti) treats him to a stag week in the Californian vineyards, to teach him the ways of wine tasting. But Jack has different plans: he wants to get the morose Miles laid - and get his own end away while he's at it...


Verdict
Brilliantly observed characters are becoming second nature to Payne and Taylor, and the performances here are uniformly terrific. This is wonderful, original stuff.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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