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Drinking Buddies

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Joe Swanberg
  • 86 mins
  • 15

Summary

Luke and Kate are coworkers at a brewery who spend their nights drinking and flirting heavily. One weekend away together with their significant others proves who really belongs together and who doesn't.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Prolific American indie director Joe Swanberg has been making low-budget relationship movies since 2005, but nothing so far has been as polished and borderline mainstream as this offering. The setting is a craft brewery in Chicago, where Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) work together. They seem to be made for each other, except that they are seeing other people, and Luke is under pressure from his partner Jill (Anna Kendrick) to get married. The two couples take a weekend vacation together, which opens a real can of worms. In terms of plot, that's all there is, but Swanberg's semi-improvised story is so amazingly rich in character chemistry, especially between the self-assured Kate and the wisecracking Luke, that Drinking Buddies could easily be likened to a laid-back hipster version of a Mike Leigh movie. That's not to say it isn't cinematic. The film breezes along at 90 minutes, accompanied by a perfect selection of cool alt-rock from artists on the Indiana-based Secretly Canadian label.

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Credits

Cast

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KateOlivia Wilde
LukeJake Johnson
JillAnna Kendrick
ChrisRon Livingston
Gene DentlerJason Sudeikis
DaveTi West
MikeMike Brune
FrankFrank V Ross

Crew

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DirectorJoe Swanberg

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2013-11-01
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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