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.
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
Anna Kendrick is actually drunk in the drinking game scene that takes place in the cabin. This particular scene was the last thing that needed to be filmed that day, so Kendrick and Jake Johnson decided to use real alcohol instead of the prop alcohol provided. Because the movie is entirely improvised, this gave the actors more control over the scenes - in this case, Johnson's character is in charge of the game, so Johnson decided to make Kendrick drink more. See more »
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The title of the movie only appears in the ending credits and Jason Sudeikis's character 'Gene Dentler' is credited as 'Himself'. See more »
From the threadbare 'Hannah takes the Stairs' to the layered, clever 'Alexander the Last', the quality of Joe Swanberg's cinematic output has traditionally been erratic. 'Drinking Buddies' falls somewhere in the upper half of his range as it portrays how a couple of brewery co-workers deal with mutual sexual attraction while engaged in other relationships. Kate and Luke use their love of beer as an excuse to hang out while concealing their ambivalence in an alcoholic haze. The improvised dialog does deliver some amusing and insightful moments, but overall there are too many repetitive mundane exchanges, which dissipate the film's energy. The two lead actors, particularly Olivia Wilde, create credible characters, but Swanberg doesn't give them anywhere particularly interesting to go. Kate and Luke's contemporary Romeo and Juliette saga turns into a circular song-and-dance routine, until their initial amiability becomes submerged by dishonesty and selfishness. Swanberg has shown he can do better than this - the concept is intriguing but the end titles arrive just in time.
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