Harkening back to the studio system of the 1930s and 40s, the prolific writer/director Joe Swanberg has managed to direct 15 features since 2005, a staggering five of them released in 2011. Not without his detractors, his aesthetic has been lo-fi and the stories can be low-rent but each film has honesty, heart and feeling; Swanberg treats his characters with love and admiration, giving each story and character within them a voice, a direction and hope. With his new effort Drinking Buddies, Swanberg has graduated to using more notable actors (although many of his past collaborators are now notable themselves), a burgeoning cinematographer in Ben Richardson (Beasts of the Southern Wild) with a more upscale camera, but his personal, concise style of filmmaking still shines through.
The story unfolds in a Chicago brewery. Kate (Olivia Wilde) is the face of the company and drinking