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* WagTheDirector: According to the book's author, Rex Pickett, all the changes from his novel regarding Stephanie's character came from Sandra Oh to the [=writer/director=], her then-husband Alexander Payne.


* {{Defictionalization}}: The movie drove so much tourism to Buellton, CA in the years since its release that the city's signature Windmill Inn, where Miles and Jack stays during their trip, was re-named "Sideways Inn" during a renovation in 2016.

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* {{Defictionalization}}: The movie drove so much tourism to Buellton, CA in the years since its release that the city's signature Windmill Inn, where Miles and Jack stays stay during their trip, was re-named renamed "Sideways Inn" during a renovation in 2016.


** Sandra Oh landed a key role in ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' shortly after the film's release.

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** Sandra Oh landed a key role one of the lead roles in future smash hit ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' shortly after the film's release.


* {{Defictionalization}}: The movie drove so much tourism to Buellton, CA in the years since that the city's signature Windmill Inn, where Miles and Jack stays during their trip, was re-named "Sideways Inn" during a renovation in 2016.

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* {{Defictionalization}}: The movie drove so much tourism to Buellton, CA in the years since its release that the city's signature Windmill Inn, where Miles and Jack stays during their trip, was re-named "Sideways Inn" during a renovation in 2016.


* ForeignRemake: Bizarrely got a remake by the Japanese.

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* ForeignRemake: Bizarrely got a remake by {{Defictionalization}}: The movie drove so much tourism to Buellton, CA in the Japanese.years since that the city's signature Windmill Inn, where Miles and Jack stays during their trip, was re-named "Sideways Inn" during a renovation in 2016.


** Also crosses with AluminumChristmasTrees. Miles' rant about Merlot was not just out of personal preference. In the years leading up to the film's release, there were '''a lot''' of subpar Merlots being bottled, and the consensus among wine reviewers is that the drop in sales and production after the film's release led to a great increase in quality. Conversely, the increased demand for Pinot Noir has led to no little debate over the quality of what's been produced.

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** Also crosses with AluminumChristmasTrees. Miles' rant about Merlot was not just out of personal preference. preference: In the years leading up to the film's release, there were '''a lot''' of subpar Merlots being bottled, and the consensus among wine reviewers is that the drop in sales and production after the film's release led to a great increase in quality. Conversely, the increased demand for Pinot Noir has led to no little debate over the quality of what's been produced.


* AluminumChristmasTrees / TheRedStapler: Miles' rant about Merlot was not just out of personal preference. In the years leading up to the film's release, there were '''a lot''' of subpar Merlots being bottled. The drop in sales led to a decrease in production but the consensus among wine reviewers was that the quality had improved dramatically. Similarly, the praise for Pinot Noir led to an increase in production, with no little debate over the quality of what was being sold.


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** Also crosses with AluminumChristmasTrees. Miles' rant about Merlot was not just out of personal preference. In the years leading up to the film's release, there were '''a lot''' of subpar Merlots being bottled, and the consensus among wine reviewers is that the drop in sales and production after the film's release led to a great increase in quality. Conversely, the increased demand for Pinot Noir has led to no little debate over the quality of what's been produced.


* AluminumChristmasTrees/TheRedStapler: Miles' rant about Merlot was not just out of personal preference. In the years leading up to the film's release, there were '''a lot''' of subpar Merlots being bottled. The drop in sales led to a decrease in production but the consensus among wine reviewers was that the quality had improved dramatically. Similarly, the praise for Pinot Noir led to an increase in production, with no little debate over the quality of what was being sold.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees/TheRedStapler: AluminumChristmasTrees / TheRedStapler: Miles' rant about Merlot was not just out of personal preference. In the years leading up to the film's release, there were '''a lot''' of subpar Merlots being bottled. The drop in sales led to a decrease in production but the consensus among wine reviewers was that the quality had improved dramatically. Similarly, the praise for Pinot Noir led to an increase in production, with no little debate over the quality of what was being sold.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees/TheRedStapler: Miles' rant about Merlot was not just out of personal preference. In the years leading up to the film's release, there were '''a lot''' of subpar Merlots being bottled. The drop in sales led to a decrease in production but the consensus among wine reviewers was that the quality had improved dramatically. Similarly, the praise for Pinot Noir led to an increase in production, with no little debate over the quality of what was being sold.


* ActorAllusion: Thomas Haden Church's character is a former TV star now doing commercial voiceovers, which mirrors Church's own career.


* CreatorBacklash: While he liked the movie overall, ''Sideways'' author Rex Pickett did not approve of the changes actress Sandra Oh made to her character:

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* CreatorBacklash: While he liked the movie overall, ''Sideways'' author Rex Pickett did not approve of the changes actress Sandra Oh Creator/SandraOh made to her character:

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* CreatorBacklash: While he liked the movie overall, ''Sideways'' author Rex Pickett did not approve of the changes actress Sandra Oh made to her character:
--> "She changed the name of the character to ‘Stephanie.’ She changed her vehicle to a motorcycle. She added the mixed-race kid. I hate that bowling alley scene in the movie. I leave every time I see it. [Director] Alexander [Payne] had just married Sandra Oh. He was in love with her. Alexander would never have taken those suggestions from anybody else. Then they had a bitter divorce, and she got half the money he made from Sideways, which was a lot of money because Alexander got points from the gross worldwide. But when she got the role on Grey’s Anatomy, that was afterward and she didn’t have to share that money."

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* SleeperHit: Fox's biggest indie hit ever at the time, scoring $70 million domestically after an initial limited release turned into an eventual wide release.


* ActorAllusion:
** Thomas Haden Church's character is a former TV star now doing commercial voiceovers, which mirrors Church's own career.
** The pictures of Miles and his father are actual pictures of Paul Giamatti with his late father, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti.

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* ActorAllusion:
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ActorAllusion: Thomas Haden Church's character is a former TV star now doing commercial voiceovers, which mirrors Church's own career.
** The pictures of Miles and his father are actual pictures of Paul Giamatti with his late father, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti.
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* RealLifeRelative: The pictures of Miles and his father are actual pictures of Paul Giamatti with his late father, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti.


* ColbertBump[=/=]TheRedStapler: For sales of pinot noir. On the other hand, [[BerserkButton "We are]] ''[[BerserkButton not]]'' [[BerserkButton drinking any]] ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]]'' [[BerserkButton merlot!"]] actually hurt the sales of merlot in reality.

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* ColbertBump[=/=]TheRedStapler: CareerResurrection: For sales of pinot noir. On Creator/VirginiaMadsen, an '80s sex symbol who had been relegated over the other hand, [[BerserkButton "We are]] ''[[BerserkButton not]]'' [[BerserkButton drinking any]] ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]]'' [[BerserkButton merlot!"]] actually hurt years as simply "Creator/MichaelMadsen's sister".
* ForeignRemake: Bizarrely got a remake by the Japanese.
* TheRedStapler: Interest in wine and tours shot up like crazy after the film came out; it even affected
the sales of merlot certain wines. Miles's love of Pinot Noir caused that wine's sales to soar, while his disparaging of Merlot ("If anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving; I am NOT drinking any FUCKING Merlot!") caused Merlot's sales to dip, although it continues to be the most prevalent wine in reality.the States.



* StarMakingRole: Paul Giamatti, from character actor to now having the clout for billing on movies. At the time, his best known role was as the antagonist of ''Film/BigFatLiar''.
** For Thomas Haden Church, it was more of a CareerResurrection. He was a star on the '90s sitcom ''Series/{{Wings}},'' but faded into obscurity until this role brought him back to the spotlight.

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Paul Giamatti, from character actor (as seen in films like ''Film/TheNegotiator'' and ''Film/TheTrumanShow'') to now having the clout for billing on movies. At the time, his best known role was as the antagonist of ''Film/BigFatLiar''.
** For Thomas Haden Church, it was more of a CareerResurrection. He was a star on the '90s sitcom ''Series/{{Wings}},'' but faded into obscurity until this role brought him back to the spotlight. Church nabbed the role as The Sandman in ''Film/SpiderMan3'' based off his performance here.
** Sandra Oh landed a key role in ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' shortly after the film's release.

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