Owen Gleiberman
August 08, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bottle Shock

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/06/08
performer
Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku, Chris Pine
director
Randall Miller
distributor
Freestyle Releasing
author
Randall Miller
genre
Drama

We gave it a D+

The politics of making wine is a great subject for a movie, but this clunker doesn’t do it justice; Bottle Shock is broad and coy where it needs to be smart. As Jim Barrett, the California winemaker whose hand-crafted chardonnay trumped the tony French vintages in a 1976 blind taste test (putting Napa Valley on the map for oenophiles), Bill Pullman overdoes the manly-American-farmer bit — he looks like he’s never had a glass of wine in his life. Chris Pine and Eliza Dushku, as Barrett’s screwup son and a sexy intern, are like winners of a Brad Pitt and Jessica Simpson imitation contest. D+

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