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Drinking Buddies (2013)

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Luke and Kate are coworkers at a brewery who spend their nights drinking and flirting heavily. One weekend away together with their significant others proves who really belongs together and who doesn't.



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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. Written by Anonymous

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A comedy about knowing when to say when.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drinking Buddies  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$19,505 (USA) (23 August 2013)


$342,936 (USA) (15 November 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Charming & Fun
19 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

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 characters and what these things most close resemble is real life. This film is thoughtful, funny, heartbreaking and totally charming.

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