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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
The piece of dialogue between Kate and Luke where they reminisce about Kate getting boiling wort in her eye, was inspired by real events. During pre-production, Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde toured a brewery where they saw how beer was made. During the tour, a splash of wort got into Wilde's eye. See more »
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I didn't know much going into "Drinking Buddies", other than the fact that it was a largely improvised comedy. I had seen the trailer months ago, and remembered almost none of it, but the cast gave me high expectations for the film. In the end, I enjoyed it, but I still have mixed feelings.
The use of improvisation in "Drinking Buddies" was both interesting and frustrating to me. I enjoyed how natural the dialogue was, but at times it became almost too natural. It got to the point where, 45 minutes into the film I realized, there wasn't really much of a plot so far. I think improvisation can work really well, and at times in the film, it did. However, it's a problem when you start to feel that the actors are having more fun making the movie than you are watching it. Luckily, the second half of the film improved upon the first. The questions raised in the first half started to come to a head about an hour through, and things got much more interesting.
The two leading performances are the real reason to see the film. I knew Olivia Wilde's name, but the only thing I had ever seen her in was "Tron: Legacy", so I basically had nothing to go off of. I found her to be wonderful in the title role. Her character, Kate, was very likable, and easy to root for. Wilde gave a layered performance, and one that felt very real. It's always nice when you get so lost in a character that you begin to think they're a real person, as opposed to a fictional creation. Wilde's performance did that for me.
Being an avid "New Girl" watcher, I was already a huge Jake Johnson fan, and he did not disappoint. Johnson is very talented at conveying vulnerability, and he showed both sides to Luke equally well. After this and "Safety Not Guaranteed", it's clear he can switch from television to film easily, so I'm interested to see more of him.
I enjoy Anna Kendrick no matter what she's in. Her presence on screen is always welcome, though she's given little to do here, aside from one great scene towards the end. I don't have a lot to say about Ron Livingston. I had never seen him in anything before, his screen time was minimal, and his character was unlikable.
The ending of the film has been very polarizing for viewers, but I enjoyed it. I don't want to spoil anything, but I thought it was nice to see a more subdued ending that left things open to interpretation.
Overall, I think Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson were both great, and the successful use of improv really is a testament to all of the actor's abilities. The film had its moments, and don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it while I was watching it. But afterwards, when I really thought about it, I realized, not a whole lot had happened. But if you're a fan of any of the actors, I would recommend it for a rainy weekend.
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