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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Critic Reviews for Drinking Buddies
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.
Here's a toast to the cast and crew: "Drinking Buddies" is a three-dimensional movie that doesn't require beer goggles.
[Swanberg] points the movie in directions that defy our expectations, exploring the characters' immaturity and the entropy of human interaction.
Not much happens in Drinking Buddies, which, frankly, is refreshing.
"Drinking Buddies" sneaks up on you; you think it's going in one direction, and suddenly it goes somewhere much more interesting.
Audience Reviews for Drinking Buddies
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.
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.
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.|
|Kate:||it's good, it has just enough room for me and my imaginary cat|
|Kate:||It's good. It has just enough room for me and my imaginary cat.|
|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.|