Drinking Buddies 2013

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Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick) and Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage. The answer to that question becomes crystal clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alo...

Starring:
Olivia Wilde,Jake Johnson
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Drinking Buddies

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Joe Swanberg
Starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson
Supporting actors Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Ti West, Frank V. Ross
Studio Magnolia Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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2.9 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 April 2014
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This is billed as a `rom-com', but I found it more of a grown up relationship drama. It stars Olivia Wilde (`Her' and `Rush') as twenty something Kate. She is an administrator at a craft brewery and if you work in a brewery you have to like a drink and by jingo she does. She is going out with Chris (Ron Livingston) who is quite level headed. Kate works with Luke played by Jake Johnson - and he like to have a laugh and also a drink. His girlfriend though teaches special needs children and yes you guessed it, is also a bit on the sensible side.

Well what looks like a mis-matched pair with an easy fix is what this film is screaming to be. However, director Joe Swanberg (`VHS' and `You're Next') really scores here by making it far from black and white and by so doing has made a very grown up film. Things do not always work out for people and the obvious is often missed and here there is enough of that real life lack of intuition to make it totally believable and it is all the better for it.

This is far from being a comedy and I think it will garner negative press by the expectancy that there will be laughs a plenty and the worn out but also much more palatable - wedding style ending. Please note that is not a plot spoiler, I am merely using it to reflect that this is not your typical `Hollywood' type film. So if you like your films to surprise, avoid clichés and make you think a bit then I would give this a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2014
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Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) work at a micro-brew and spend their nights drinking at a bar. They are close friends. Luke has a girlfriend Jill (Anna Kendrick) who is a teacher and level headed. Kate has been dating Chris (Ron Livingston) for 8 months. He is also level headed. Our foursome go away for a weekend where Chris has the realization Kate is not right for him. He is more interested in Jill. Chris breaks up with Kate which leads to...pretty much nothing except the realization there is life outside of drinking.

This is a pretty much been there done that film for me and I was bored from the lack of comedy, action, or drama beyond a sarcastic remark. Not much in entertainment value.

F-bomb. Implied sex. Olivia Wilde brief nudity?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Moore on 24 Aug. 2014
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Watched it thinking it was going to be a lighthearted braindead film but I really enjoyed it.

The film is extremely tense and displays what a real relationship is like through a lot of awkward silence and intense loving moments. It also cuts at just the right time making it feel like the memory of being "intimate" with someone rather than the clear cut sex scenes that allow us to see like in Hollywood.
The general feel of the film is that of being drunk and hungover and I have yet to see another film that truly managed to portray that feeling.
Good rough cinematography, tense editing, no Hollywood overuse of music and the acting was top.
Most of the lines in Drinking Buddies are improvised which shows the true nature of Jake Johnson's comedy; wonderful man.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dan Bullock on 4 Mar. 2014
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I do believe that as you get older, you see some movies in a completely different light every now and then. The likes of THIS IS 40 is relatable once you know people in their situation and DRINKING BUDDIES falls into that late twenties category, when you’re still figuring out what you should ‘really’ be doing…in every sense. Writer and Director Joe Swanberg (V/H/S, YOU’RE NEXT) has created an impressive personal project that explores different relationships with a strong ensemble cast.

DRINKING BUDDIES focuses around the relationship of Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) who are co-workers at an awesome micro-brewery. At work they have a flirty relationship with days spent drinking or poking fun at each other and – in some ways – feel like they should be ‘together’ but they’re both with other people. The movie explores that blurry line between friendships and relationships and the ever-relevant question ‘Can members of the opposite sex be platonic best friends?’

Here, Joe Swanberg has created a fine slice of reality with astute observations on different kinds of relationships that will happen throughout your life. Olivia Wilde is exceptional as Kate, the only woman in the brewery who is trying to find herself but Wilde never over sells the character. Up against Olivia is New Girl’s Jake Johnson in a stand-out role, who has a set path and doesn’t let his character down. You could argue that by sitting on the fence he creates more bad things than good, but you always know what he stands for. What particularly sticks here, is the characters don’t betray who they are and admit their mistakes.
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By mt b r thompson on 17 May 2014
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I thought this was going to be a silly comedy but its actually intelligent and well made. The cast are great. This is grown up and a good watch.
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Boring and 90 minutes of your life wasted watching it, some of the decisions made by the characters was so unbelievable that you gave up being interested in their lives, does cure insomniac though
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