“Bottle Shock” for the Good Old Boys

Genres: Comedy and Drama
Running Time: 1 hr. 52 min.
Release Date: August 6th, 2008 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use.
Distributors: Freestyle Releasing

Directed by: Randall M. Miller

JJ Rating: B

California created wines. France created wines. A British man living in France heard of Californian wines and decided to take a trip to taste them not expecting much at all, and then he found that things were not what he had thought. Bottle Shock.

This story is based on a true story. BASED on a true story meaning that Hollywood took great liberties in telling it, or so it would seem based on what I’ve read. Based: just wanted to say it one more time.

I was entertained by the entire film. There were a lot of old people around us seeing this film. I don’t know much about wines but I know a lot about good story telling and I think that it was a story that was told well because I was not bored.

I got to see Chris Pine again and maybe again before he comes out in the new Star Trek film next Summer. I got to see how well he acts. I think he’ll make a good Kirk just not a physically good Kirk, unless he worked out and de-skinned himself. In this film he was the son of the American wine maker and he did a good job of being the overly self-righteous male who can sleep with whomever, but did not allow the same for his love interest. Kind of annoying but that was easily allowed since the rest of the film was feel good and humor filled.

I had no clue what bottle shock meant or that it even had a meaning other than being shocked that something was in a bottle like little Johnny’s pee. But apparently it has significant meaning in the wine world, something to do with bottles in flight and being jostled about.

The characters are all easily liked aside from the self-righteous mention. They each have their quirks and what made it awesome was that they were all well rounded even though some didn’t have much screen time. Each character was important and each actor played those characters with that much importance even if they were to only be on the screen for a couple of seconds or for several minutes. I guess that should be attributed to the director. Good job Randall M. Miller.

The acting was decent enough for the film itself. It was just a good simple film that didn’t have a whole lot of fanfare and just a lot of good story. It’s not overly dramatic and it’s not thrilling, it’s just well done and heart touching. If you like feel good films then this one could be good for you to see. Bottle Shock is a movie that will have you rooting for the good old boys. Three cheers for Californian wine.

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