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Friday night we watched Sideways. The trailers (which I'd seen several times) gave away most of the plot, and I really try to know as little as possible about a movie before I see it... So I went into it with fairly low expectations, mostly just because I felt like I'd already seen so much of it. Turned out that it stood up rather well to having had that much given away -- I think I would have enjoyed it more if I'd known less what was coming, but it was still good.

Actually there was a fair amount of substance that hadn't been given away in the preview, though really, that additional substance mostly took the form of character development. I mean, the plot (besides the last, I dunno, 10 to 15 minutes) was pretty much all there. So I'm not sure to what extent it should have been a film driven by character development, but I guess that's what it wound up being to me. And I suppose that that was enough to carry it because I found the characters quite believable -- thanks to both the writing and the acting -- even if I didn't have much sympathy for them.

Anyway, so I do recommend it, but to anyone who happens not to have seen the trailer, I recommend not watching that.

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