Director: Randall Miller (Nobel Son)
Writers: Jody Savin , Randall Miller, Ross Schwartz
Producers: J. Todd Harris, Brenda Lhormer, Marc Lhormer, Randall Miller, Jody Savin, Marc Toberoff
Starring: Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodríguez, Dennis Farina, Eliza Dushku
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 110 min
I read a lot of comparisons to Sideways before taking my seat for Bottle Schock. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ok sure, there’s some wine snobbery and they both take place in California’s wine country, but Bottle Shock is nowhere near as fun or as unpredictable as Sideways was. The story is a near opposite and the style isn’t hip in the slightest – to say nothing about the blandness of the characters; that had real potential to be great. So no, if it’s Sideways you’re looking for, then watch Sideways; it’s one of a kind.
Putting aside the “based on a true story” thing for a moment, let’s assume this is basically an original screenplay as I’m sure much of the dialogue and circumstance are all made up anyway for “dramatic effect.” The problem is that it’s not all that dramatic and it doesn’t have that much of an effect either. I’m one who can easily be suckered into some emotion with a heartfelt father-son story or a lifelong dream shot down by unfortunate circumstances. Unfortunately with Bottle Shock every interaction is played so lightheartedly, that nothing even remotely resembling drama comes forth.
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