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Drinking Buddies (2013)



Critic Consensus: Smart, funny, and powered by fine performances from Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson, Drinking Buddies offers a bittersweet slice of observational comedy.

Movie Info

Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They're perfect for each other, except that they're both in relationships. Luke is in the midst of marriage talks with his girlfriend of six years, Kate is playing it cool with her music producer boyfriend Chris. But you know what makes the line between "friends" and "more than friends" really blurry? Beer. (c) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for language throughout)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Swanberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 3, 2013
Box Office: $0.2M
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


Ti West
as Dave
Joe Swanberg
as Angry Car Guy
Jason Sudeikis
as Gene Dentler (billed...
Gene Dentler
as Himself
Michael Gaertner
as Man w/Fiance
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Critic Reviews for Drinking Buddies

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (26)

Every aspect of this film fits together nicely, even when the drama going on in the film is a little messy.

Full Review… | July 20, 2015
The Young Folks

This is a giant nothing. I can't think of a recent picture where I've seen less effort to enlighten or entertain.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

I was a bit skeptical when I first learned about Drinking Buddies, because I did not expect Wilde and her cohorts to be up for the task; thankfully, I was proven wrong, and the actors go places that I would never expect studio-seasoned actors to go.

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
Film Threat

A beautifully observed dramedy about modern friendship and romance; funny, poignant, unforgettable.

Full Review… | March 10, 2014
Flick Filosopher

It finds its groove with sincere, nuanced performances and a realistic attitude to romance as refreshing as a fistful of Citra hops.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014

For a film all about the betrayal of those we love the most, Drinking Buddies is a supremely optimistic, warm-hearted picture, with fine, freeing performances from its entire (albeit very small) cast.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014

Audience Reviews for Drinking Buddies



Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


This. Is. Mumblecore. Some critics and audiences feel that this movement is the official death of cinema. My take on Drinking Buddies is that not since Richard Linklater's earliest works has a film been so refreshing and unique. Naturalistic settings, minimal narrative structure, and what seems like improvised dialogue by four incredible actors, Drinking Buddies is the Indie romance I've been wanting to see again since the 90s.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


Dressed down, sunglassed up Olivia Wilde sans bra and make-up is crazysexycool as just one of the guys in a microbrewery of dudes. She has great chemistry with gruff 'n grumble Jake Johnson, and they play platonic, opposite sex besties with camaraderie and tension.

There are some great silent, intimate moments (Kate quietly and awkwardly getting into bed with Luke; Luke bringing Kate a beer and Kate giving him some fries at the end), but the movie is a little indie-slow with not so much as a "will they/won't they" arc but a "will they do the 'will they/won't they' arc...or won't they"...arc...? It's unclear whether Luke and Kate are into each other or not, so the climax that reveals "what could have been" comes out of nowhere.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Drinking Buddies Quotes

Kate: You made your own bed, alright?
Luke: Yeah, and you fucking slept in it.
Kate: Well, you didn't stop me.
– Submitted by mera m (2 years ago)
Kate: It's good. It has just enough room for me and my imaginary cat.
– Submitted by Marķa Julia U (2 years ago)
Kate: That's the problem with heartbreak, to you it's like an atomic bomb and to the world it's just really cliche, because in the end we all have the same experience.
– Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)

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