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Drinking Buddies

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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.

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  • Actors: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston
  • Directors: Joe Swanberg
  • Writers: Joe Swanberg
  • Producers: Joe Swanberg, Paul Bernon, Sam Slater, Andrea Roa, Alicia Van Couvering
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F6SHGUS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,394 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful By drollere on August 23, 2013
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there are givens in movies: the big star never dies, action heroes shoot guns, femme fatales have long hair, there must be a scene in a toilet or bathroom, and you can't show a baby crying for more than 15 seconds. this is a mumblecore movie about four twentysomething people (two couples) so the givens are: they're confused about relationships, friendship matters as much or more than love, they can't complete a sentence without a slaw of particles ("uh", "um", "well", "really", "like", "so", etc.), and they're not full grown adults. they still have the egg tooth they used to hatch out of adolescence. they wear caps to bed, ride bikes to work, stay in other people's houses on the weekend and need friends to move to a new apartment. they flirt around without acknowledging they flirt around. they are good people partly because they don't know how to be bad people. there isn't any real drama, because drugs and guns are not involved and they fight by saying things like "you need to get real with this moment."

so, do you want to watch this movie or not? personally, and i'm medicare age, this took me back to my bartending days in the 70's and how messed up and confused sex and friendship really were. i thought the film was insightful and empathic, mixed humor and honesty, and brought four clever actors together, clever especially in their deadpan comic timing. the story shows you decent ordinary young people struggling with basic adult stuff, which is like watching eight year olds play scrabble. you smile, you want to help them out, but you can't. it's their game, and they have to work it all out for themselves.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lulu Moretti on August 28, 2013
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My husband and I watched Drinking Buddies via Amazon stream last night and are still talking about it this morning. First, it is not the "hilarious comedy" noted in the description. In fact, whoever inserted those two words in the summary had either not seen the movie or thought tacking on "hilarious comedy" would boost sales. Reading some of the comments below indicates there are several people who were looking for hilarious comedy, didn't find it, and now dismiss the entire film. This is really too bad because Drinking Buddies is brilliant.

The story begins with two couples who appear woefully ill-suited to each other. Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick? Really? The viewer cringes. Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston . . boring. And then the 90 minutes unspool and the characters reveal themselves. By the end we know and understand more about these people, and perhaps ourselves, than we ever thought we would.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Crooks on August 22, 2013
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This movie is very honest in its portrayal of friendship, love and heartache. The characters are relatable and lovable. It can be predictable at times, but maybe that's because we've been through this personally.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josh on September 1, 2013
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This movie is extremely realistic! I don't want to give anything away but the relationships in this movie function just like ones that I've had in real life.

This is not your typical, predictable romantic comedy but rather an almost documentary style film that shows the various intricacies of human relationships. It covers a broad spectrum that includes working, friends, and romantic relationships and how they all can coexist. There are many underlying themes here that anybody who's been in the single or "wish I was single again" world will easily relate to.

Don't let the title mislead you at all. The movie has the backdrop of a few characters who work at a brewery together, but it could be any workplace. This movie could have just been called "Good Friends" or something, but "Drink Buddies" is a much better title and plays to the setting.

I've seen a lot of negative reviews of this film. Don't believe them! If you are looking for something REAL without the super predictable outcomes of every other movie out there then watch Drinking Buddies ASAP! I hope you'll be as drawn into the characters as I was!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Randi R. on August 18, 2013
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This movie was everything I expected it to be! Casting was perfect, plot was very interesting, and the whole feel of the movie was just overall awesome! Kudos to all involved, job well done!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Laurence Raw on September 9, 2014
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DRINKING BUDDIES has divided critical opinion since its release in 2013: some reviewers have welcomed Joe Swanberg's film as an honest portrayal of thirtysomething characters and their inabilities to sustain long-lasting relationships; others have berated it for its halting plot-lines, banal dialog and lack of closure.

Although billed as a comedy, the film pulls no punches in its depiction of all four central characters, whose inability to express themselves is palpable. Their frequent use of clichéd phraseology ("great," "awesome,") punctuated with frequent verbal pauses ("um.." "er...") doesn't suggest inarticulateness, but a reluctance to disclose their true feelings, for fear of seeming weak or insecure. The title DRINKING BUDDIES is a suggestive one, for it is within a group situation in a bar, a glass of beer in hand, that sustains at least two of the characters, Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson). They can either indulge in false bonhomie with their work colleagues, or refrain from talking altogether and play pool instead. Luke tries his best to recreate the same atmosphere wherever he goes; when he and Kate accompany Jill (Anna Kendrick) and Chris (Ron Livingston) on a weekend away in the wilds of Michigan, Luke plays blackjack with Jill and Kate.

When the characters are removed from such situations, however, they are rendered virtually inarticulate. Chris finds it difficult to tell Kate that he wants to break up with her; and even when he does, she refuses to believe him. Jill sits in bed with Luke and tries desperately to persuade him to think seriously about their forthcoming wedding; Luke promises to do so, but we can understand from his body-language that he is simply trying to change the subject.
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