Jesse Peretz’s film is loaded with inconsequential detours and questionable character psychology.
America is to this day hell-bent on holding Tracy Flick down. But she will have her revenge.
Payne’s defenders might call his often acidic touch Swiftian, though it comes off more toothlessly noncommittal.
It’s both unfair and too easy to shake out predictions for this category based on what is most likely to appeal to the Kindle Fire set.
More than anything, Sideways furthers the impression that Alexander Payne is a great structuralist filmmaker.