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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.

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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) Magnolia

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Critic Reviews for Drinking Buddies

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (28)

The film's quartet of post-slackers are captured as they feel their way around the edges of what they want (and are afraid to ask for) with painful accuracy.

October 29, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Here's a toast to the cast and crew: "Drinking Buddies" is a three-dimensional movie that doesn't require beer goggles.

September 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[Swanberg] points the movie in directions that defy our expectations, exploring the characters' immaturity and the entropy of human interaction.

September 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Not much happens in Drinking Buddies, which, frankly, is refreshing.

September 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Drinking Buddies" sneaks up on you; you think it's going in one direction, and suddenly it goes somewhere much more interesting.

September 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

Swanberg doesn't exactly reinvent the romantic-comedy formula, but he explores it in unexpected ways, with a terrific cast making the relationships all the more genuine and enjoyable.

September 5, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Drinking Buddies



Wildaly M
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
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
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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