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Plot: 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. Runtime: 90 mins Release Date: 24 Jul 2013
"Drinking Buddies" was phenomenal. Every minute from the beginning to end kept you interested in the plot and the acting was superb. Joe Swanberg's way of directing with the one angled shots and continuous scenes make it all the more exciting. Also the fact that this whole movie was improvised, and there was no script written blew my mind. The actors Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston were outstanding. They acted so real and original. This movie made you feel like you were right there in the midst of it. I think more movies should be like this. Hollywood <more>
tries so hard to make huge budget, professionally shot movies, whereas almost every scene in "Drinking Buddies" was long and dragged out, shot without switching camera angles, had less then 5 characters in it, and it still kept you interested until the end. This movie is the perfect example of what people want. A perfect length, simply made movie, with a great plot. And I think Hollywood should give it to them. Grade: A
I just finished watching "Drinking Buddies 2013 ". It is not an action-packed thriller with super-heroes, war machines, elves, or magic. Nor is it a murder mystery, suspenseful spy adventure, or even a fairy-tale. If you are looking for any of those, go away plenty of those elsewhere , this is not for you, but if you are game for a much rarer breed of film, stick around. This movie offers a window on the lives of four friends in a way that Hollywood rarely succeeds with such precision as was done here. The story unfolds naturally and as I watched I knew the characters were real. <more>
This is a "real" movie about "real" people. I don't mean the plethora of reality programs that convey nothing to the viewer. I mean real in the sense that the emotions, situations, and reactions that occur in the film are those that occur to real people. As I watched, I recognized all of these people from real life. The situations reflect memories, not always my own, but of friends I have known. I laughed, I cried, and I reminisced with the characters as the story unfolded. I have not seen a film in recent history that was so effective at portraying real situations and emotions to the audience. This reflects not only the concept of the Joe Swanberg, but the effectiveness of the actors and actresses who interpreted his concept and brought it to life for us. My hats off to Joe Swanberg and his keenly selected cast of Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, and the rest of the supporting cast; all of the characters were very real, not just believable. One last note. Don't be fooled by the title, yes this film has a brewery, beer, and lots of drinking, but if you watch this film and think that's what it's all about, you missed everything. This film is about people; the brewery and the beer are just a very good vehicle to tell this story about the people. It is a reminder that good and bad things happen to everyone, and no one is alone. But on that note, if you don't drink, as I don't, be sure to have something, a Monster, Pepsi, glass of water, or cup of tea. You will want/need it before the end, and don't forget a box of tissues. You may not cry, but you will feel the characters' happiness, pain, sadness, and more, and then you might just cry too. A very unique movie watching experience that will be in my permanent collection once available. Nicely done.
Why this is the best film ever & why you need to see it! (by BudweiserKing)
As I sit hear sipping on my microbrewery beverage that brings out the contemplative state required to seriously consider the insights provided by "Drinking Buddies," I find myself wishing for my own personal "Groundhog Day" where I could watch this movie over and over and over again. The shear vacuity and witless nature of these insipid personalities, and supremely apathetic superficial relationships presented in this lovely 90 min romantic vignette, cause one to nasally regurgitate one's delicious microbrew across the table all over your insignificant other. The <more>
highly developed plot, transformation of character and underlying theme of "not getting what you want in a relationship and why would I bother to try;" has me considering the obvious existential crisis of this masterpiece. Crisis? What crisis? Why bother with a crisis at all? After all, who needs catharsis when you could offer your audience a blasé, indifferent and arrogantly ambiguous dramatic triumph. To capture 21st century urban boredom on this stratospheric plane deserves a toast to tomorrow, tomorrow and tomorrow..... The ending "Banana Scene" captures the essence of my viewing experience of this film. "Drinking Buddies 2" anyone?
This is not your ordinary rom/com. This movie focuses on conversation and relationships. Long, realistic conversations with buddies, work colleagues and partners. It's so sad to see reviews complaining that this movie is too realistic and that nothing happens, when that's exactly what the movie wants.I was expecting another generic romantic Hollywood drama/comedy like The Dilemma or the Change-Up, with an obvious plot to work around and some clichés thrown in. Instead it felt more like Blue Valentine meets Closer, but lighter than Blue Valentine and more realistic than Closer.I liked <more>
the long camera shots that follow the characters around, focusing on them and their interactions. I liked that I didn't know what was going to happen in a scene because there's no obvious overall plot in the movie. There's just ordinary people having ordinary conversations.
This movie is a lesson to all the movie making people about how relationship works in real life! (by piruthiviraj)
When I was watching, I was expecting and worried at the same time that this movie would wind up the same way as the 1000 movies I have already seen about courtship and the drama and weak constructions of a relationship that follows that in a movie.But this movie doesn't have any of the routine non-sense that other movies have and the ending could not have been better.I know all the negative reviews preceding this, but they have not seen all the boring movies which always have the same ending. I 'm really happy that this movie doesn't end like that.The director has done a great job <more>
in making the movie as lively as possible. In this movie, I felt like the actors were was not even acting, It felt so real rather than the cliché crap we see on other movies.
Drinking Buddies is a landmark movie for Swanberg, as he is finally beginning to discard the "straight outta film-school," no-budget persona for a compromising style of more well-known actors, a larger, but still relatively independent budget, and with the no-budget story. This style of independent filmmaking hasn't been completely foreign to anyone working in the "mumblecore" movement in cinema since the Duplass brothers - Jay and Mark - have recently adopted the style with two of their most recent films, Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home both of which must-sees .The <more>
style Swanberg used in his early films, such as Hannah Takes the Stairs, LOL, and Nights and Weekends, was extremely low-budget and filled mostly with naturalistic dialog, intimate closeups, and very bleak looks at modern relationships. The thematic relevance of their stories I'll explain later. I'd suggest this film to someone who disliked Swanberg's earlier efforts, criticizing them as non-eventful, plot less, and very, very disconnecting.The film follows two couples, Kate Olivia Wilde and Chris Ron Livingston and Luke Jake Johnson and Jill Anna Kendrick . Kate and Luke are co-workers at a craft beer brewery in Chicago, and are obviously a perfect match if they weren't committed in relationships. The two couples wind up vacationing in a cabin for a weekend, where both couples split up and hang out with each others' significant other. When they return, this leads to Kate predominately questioning which relationship she feels more comfortable with; the one with Chris, who is a well-meaning but kind of bland guy, or Luke, the scruffy beer-enthusiast who is more fitting to go to a baseball game with than to have a serious romantic session with.Even though not a performance here lacks and there is chemistry regardless of which two people are spending time together, Olivia Wilde shines the most here, proving to be a skilled improviser and a dedicated, diverse talent. Last year's Butter is when she tested the ropes with being over-the-top and satirical, and here she occupies a performance much more grounded in reality than before. She is a strong and entertaining lead role. I'd go as far to say she's a Greta Gerwig with less identifiable quirks. Paired up with Jake Johnson from last year's equally lovable Safety Not Guaranteed , their breezy banter can either reach playful levels or seriously dramatic ones, especially a particularly scene that comes after Kate moves to a new home.As supporting roles, Livingston and Kendrick couldn't be more fitting. Livingston, whose Conjuring is now in theaters and certain to get more publicity, has been on a role since roughly 2010 with great performance after great performance. This cements the fact that mumblecore could be the genre for him. His conflicted, indecisive character reminds me a lot of Mark Duplass's in Your Sister's Sister, a great little triumph of a film directed by Lynn Shelton. Kendrick never hits a wrong note, either, showing that while she can play sassy and perky in Pitch Perfect and devoted and loving in End of Watch, she can conduct herself in a small, independent picture just as well with intelligence and charisma to boot.Returning to my point about Swanberg's thematic tendencies in his pictures, I think the one subject or point-of-focus he always tries to include in his films his that most of his characters are young, dumb, and uncertain. All of his films focus on young, post-college kids who are either in a relationship or trying to get in a meaningful one. He has a deep fascination with the communication methods of twenty-year-olds, whether it be cold and sort of robotic on the internet, deep and intimate in person, or just the conversations two people have in bed right before they sleep.Drinking Buddies is no stranger to this "young, dumb, and uncertain" theory. It reminds me a bit of Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz, a film whose lead character wasn't quite sure what she wanted, whether it be this passionate romantic who lived across the street, or her own husband, even though their relationship has kind of soured recently. Ultimately, the lead character makes a decision she winds up regretting deeply because she was young and impulsive and her uncertainty got the best of her. Drinking Buddies shows Kate as very functional and definitely smart, but too smitten with minor flirtations and warm signals, not to mention her array of emotions which can reach bubbly affection or evident frustration.Ultimately, I think Swanberg is exercising this theory again with a bigger budget and more known faces and is also writing a genial story on the problem with forcing a relationship into a platonic state. Moreover, I do think the extreme bleakness of his older pictures has been traded in for a warmer, more assured look on the world. I'll make a comment I've never made before and I'll say that he is one of the driving forces of American independent films and, at this point in time, providing he sticks with what he knows and continues to find inventive ways to make each story unique and easy to invest-in, he can do no wrong.Starring: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Ti West, and Jason Sudeikis. Directed by: Joe Swanberg.
Delightful, breezy slice of life (by Emma_Stewart)
I've been highly anticipating this in the hopes that it would be this year's Celeste & Jesse Forever and it didn't disappoint at all: it's more light-hearted and less penetrative, but has the same keen eye for relationship dynamics, sly humor, realistic characters and fantastic soundtrack. It's the most true-to-life romantic comedy I've seen in years. The characters were so relatable, totally reminded me of people in my life, and Joe Swanberg doesn't need plot twists or external drama to push the story along because it unfolds so naturally through the character <more>
interactions and developments. It doesn't dig very deep into its characters, but I felt that was accurate and appropriate: we don't know much about the characters because they don't let people get to know them. Daily interactions are shallow, jokey; the deep conversations and self-revelations only really happen at 4am by a bonfire after a few drinks. I think the film would have been much worse if it had a Katherine-Heigl-movie moment of all the characters spilling their feelings and wants and grievances to each other because that is not how life goes - at least not for these people. Olivia Wilde is outstanding and while it's not the powerhouse role I've been waiting for her to take on, it does further establish her as an impressively natural and charismatic talent simply in need of the right roles. She's hilarious and buoyant and handles her dramatic moments - however fleeting or quiet - with expert skill. Jake Johnson was the perfect match for Wilde as they have incredible chemistry and their charming banter keeps the movie energized. Anna Kendrick basically plays herself, but she's very good, as is Ron Livingston with a curiously enigmatic performance. It won't appeal to everyone, because as it is so realistic, not much happens. It's more focused on the almosts and the might-have-beens than the happeneds. But it's so delightful, funny, observant, and coyly ambiguous, I really hope people give it a chance. It's not going to revolutionize cinema or anything but it has an authenticity, spark and lively wit that the genre generally eschews in favor of saccharine clichés and melodramatic crying scenes.
I saw this movie at the Indianapolis International Film Festival and it exceeded my expectations, partially because of the negative review beside this one.The plot of Drinking Buddies is simple: two close co-workers - both already in relationships - struggle with their feelings toward one another. This is a relatable concept for many of us, and those of us who have been in this situation understand just how complicated it can get.The other reviewer claims that "nothing happens between the main characters," and I would argue that point. Lots of things happen between the main <more>
characters and what these things most close resemble is real life. This film is thoughtful, funny, heartbreaking and totally charming.
A realistic view of adult relationships (by jayjaydeng)
As a warning to anyone wishing to see this movie: it is not a COMEDY nor was it designed to be. Jake Johnson usually plays comedic roles but do not expect any big laughs from him or the cast. This movie is essentially a new take on a classic relationship quagmire - 2 adults who are doomed to remain friends despite a strong sexual attraction towards each other.The films strongest point is the portrayal of realism in regards to adult relationships. You won't find any cheesy romantic quips or witty comedic banter - just adults trying their best to deal with the problems of love and life. A <more>
large portion of the film may seem uneventful but for anyone who has been in this type of situation before, you will establish a greater connection to the lovelorned co-stars.Olivia Wilde is surprisingly genuine and in-depth along with Johnson. Jason Sudeikis has a wasted cameo probably decided to be in the film to keep tabs on his new wifey, Olivia . Other then that, no one else really stands out.It is best to come into this film with the realization that it is not a comedy; that way you will have a greater appreciation of the adult themes laid out.