Drinking Buddies (2013)

drinking buddies

Drinking Buddies is stupidly smart and funny. Another wonderful Swanberg piece with improvised dialogue packs enough drama and romance to keep it out of the romcom category. The story basically slices into the middle of a friendship and unwraps a lot of low-strung drama and reactive emotion at it. The two friends work at a beer brewery in Chicago and are as the title suggests drinking buddies.  Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson have chemistry-filled performances, maybe it was the beer. They did in fact drink beer during filming as they also worked and filmed at the brewery. Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston round up the cast and provide great balance and tensions to the story. There is much immaturity and ambiguity which paints a very natural picture of friendship and relationships in general.

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