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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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It had potential but the ending made the whole movie just kinda suck.Published 2 days ago by Ginger
From the title & cover, one may @ 1st think this to be a party movie (as I did). If not that, then a Romantic comedy maybe? Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Roberts
I'm just not sure how a movie with this many good actors could be this bad...Published 1 month ago by Casey Leigh
This is a really nice movie. The acting is great, especially considering the performances are largely improvised based on a script outline, not an actual script. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Henneke
Unusual. "Slick" Mumblecore with professional actors. There were a few of these (CYRUS, etc). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr. Petray
I love Revolution Brewing otherwise this would be 1 star. It isn't good.Published 8 months ago by arsmitty30
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