Drinking Buddies

2013

Drinking Buddies

Critics Consensus

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

82%

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Total Count: 118

49%

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User Ratings: 23,776
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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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  • Jun 10, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2014
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2014
    This is a pretty damn smart romantic comedy that makes perfect use of improv in order to make the characters and situations feel more natural and organic. Perhaps that's what I liked most about the movie, there weren't any shackles holding the cast back. They weren't given a script that they had to stick to. The actors were given the freedom to do what they felt their character would do in a given situation and it works perfectly. You get a blend of comedy but also a very insightful view at relationships between friends and couples. I found the film to be far more insightful than it was funny to be honest. But, again, the comedy felt natural and believable. This is a movie that doesn't try to give in to cliches and it's better for it. The cast is excellent with the, obvious, highlights being Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde, who looks absolutely stunning here. I liked their chemistry very much because they legitimately acted as if they were friends that were shooting the shit most of the time, while also subtly trying to hide their true feelings for each other. So that was great as well. That's about it really, this is not the type of movie that would appeal to a wide audience but this an intelligent film nonetheless and the cast definitely makes it better with their organic chemistry with each other.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2013
    Did this movie have a plot? I'm not so sure. The film is centered around these 2 friends who are obviously flirtatious with each other. However, I felt like nothing ever really significant happened. It was quite boring at times. Didn't have a good script. I really like the 4 leads and didn't have any problems with them. I think they did the best they could with such little material to go on. But........its just not enough to make this film good. Or interesting. Personally, I would skip it.
    m h Super Reviewer

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