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Bottle Shock (2008)

The story of the early days of California wine making.

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Pleasant Enough, Not As Good As Stags Leap

  • Mar 1, 2009
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This is a pleasant little film. It's not as good as Sideways, and actually is a bit different film. It's not a bad family film, and that is meant in a nice way, not some saccharin way.

Oh sorry for the little hit in the title of this review, Stags Leap turned out to be the red wine in that blind tasting, and has been a perennial crowd pleaser in my wine choices.

The good about this film, it appears to be pretty well filmed in California (turns out the wine shop in Paris is really Sonoma, California). There's some gorgeous fly over images of vineyards. Napa, Sonoma, Russian River, and Alexander Valley never looked more beautiful. Rachel Taylor as Sam, is stunning in this film. Alan Rickman (Snape from Harry Potter) is a just oh so unlikeable Brit. Chris Pine is a charming young actor, although we are convinced he never changed his shirt through the whole movie. The characters are generally very likeable.

The not so great, the personal stories. They just don't pull together very well. Sam is quite the hussy in this one, she has an intimate afternoon with Gustavo and then deeply kisses Bo when he comes back from France. The plot is very predictible. Nothing really surprising happens. But then again, it's a pleasant little film, so what would anyone expect.

The really not so good, the music. The director over played his hand frequently with music building when something obvious had happened on screen. It's a bit insulting to the viewer to have this kind of double or triple reinforcement. There were a number of strange edits, continuity was affected.

This is rated PG-13. There's a bit of language here or there, not offensive. There is a scene where Gustavo and Sam end up in bed, with no nudity, but it is implied that they did something in bed. By the way, the scene from her doors is absolutely monumentally beautiful. There is a scene where Sam washes a grape crusher and gets all wet while men sit and watch her do this, that was the moment my wife stopped watching the film. In the end, a reasonably mature 11 or 12 year old could easily watch this film.

A pleasant afternoon. No bad aftertaste. Good legs. Decent nose. Plenty of fruit, with barely a hint of tannin or oak. Clear clean acidic taste. Enjoy chilled.

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Quick Tip by . October 01, 2009
One of the best movies I have seen this year. Rickman and Pullman are excellent in this film.
Quick Tip by . September 02, 2009
The only thing that was good about this movie was the true story it was based on. But the writing, acting and directing, ruined even that.
Quick Tip by . September 02, 2009
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Great cast and a great story. I recommend adding Bottle Shock to your Netflix instant queue.
review by . August 18, 2009
This movie has so many things going for it. It has a nice tight script with both dramatic and comedic elements. It is gorgeous "eye candy" of Napa valley area of California. The actors are all handsome people, and the stars, especially Pullman and Rickman, give very fine performances. I was not familiar with Chris Pine, but I'll make myself familiar.     The 1970s rock and roll that pepper the soundtrack are well chosen cuts from among others the Doobie Brothers and Allman Brothers, …
review by . April 21, 2009
   I'm a sucker for interesting characters and based on true-story-underdog-feel-good films.      Bottle Shock is that. And more. A Brit, living and "teaching" in Paris, isn't quite in the inner circle of wine experts. Though he knows his juice, no one is even remotely interested in anything he might have to say. His neighboring shopkeeper is an American with big suggestions (Farina). Together they decide to host an international wine blind taste test. In 1976, in celebration …
review by . April 20, 2009
I'm a sucker for interesting characters and based on true-story-underdog-feel-good films.    Bottle Shock is that. And more. A Brit, living and "teaching" in Paris, isn't quite in the inner circle of wine experts. Though he knows his juice, no one is even remotely interested in anything he might have to say. His neighboring shopkeeper is an American with big suggestions (Farina). Together they decide to host an international wine blind taste test. In 1976, in celebration of the …
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"Bottle shock" describes what can happen to wine as it travels from place to place. Set in 1976, Randall Miller's widescreen docudrama concerns the real-life showdown between California's wineries and their French counterparts. Napa Valley's Jim Barrett (Lost Highway's Bill Pullman) has been plugging away for years with minimal success. A former attorney, Barrett runs Chateau Montelena with his wayward son, Bo (Chris Pine, theStar Trekprequel's Captain Kirk), who would rather do anything than assist his stern father. Bo's co-workers include Gustavo (Six Feet Under's Freddy Rodríguez) and Sam (Transformers' Rachael Taylor), who long to produce the perfect chardonnay. Naturally, the young men compete for the favors of the beautiful blonde (the movie's least interesting angle). Across the Atlantic, Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman) struggles to keep his Parisian wine shop going (cheapskate American Dennis Farina is his only regular customer). Then Spurrier conceives a contest to attract customers; surely, his beloved French growers will put those upstart Yanks in their place. He flies to Napa to look around, and persuades the Barretts to compete. Miller and his wife, screenwriter Jody Savin, previously worked with Pullman and Rickman onNobel Son, but decided to releaseBottle Shockfirst. Though comparisons toSidewayswill be inevitable, the filmmakers take more of a historical look at California wine country. The "Judgment of ...
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Director: Randall Miller
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Randall Miller, Jody Savin
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
Runtime: 110 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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