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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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Joe Swanberg

Writer:

Joe Swanberg
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Complete credited cast:
Olivia Wilde ... Kate
Jake Johnson ... Luke
Anna Kendrick ... Jill
Ron Livingston ... Chris
Ti West ... Dave
Jason Sudeikis ... Gene Dentler
Mike Brune Mike Brune ... Mike
Frank V. Ross Frank V. Ross ... Frank
Michael Gaertner Michael Gaertner ... Man w / Fiance
Kristin Davis Kristin Davis ... Fiance
Jim Cibak Jim Cibak ... Jim
Alicia Van Couvering Alicia Van Couvering ... Amy
Michael Zeller Michael Zeller ... Eli
Joe Swanberg ... Angry Car Guy
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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drinking Buddies See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,505, 25 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$342,936, 15 November 2013
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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When Kate and Luke were making up during lunch break at work the day after her move, Luke's 'badly' cut hand was suddenly back to normal. Discovered by my princess Julie. See more »

Quotes

Kate: That's the problem with heartbreak, to you it's like an atomic bomb and to the world it's just really cliche, because in the end we all have the same experience.
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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 »

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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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That's Not a Beat
Written by James Swanberg
Performed by James Swanberg
Published by Gourmet Jerks
Courtesy of todayshits.tumblr.com
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Delightful, breezy slice of life
27 July 2013 | by Emma_StewartSee all my reviews

I've been highly anticipating this in the hopes that it would be this year's Celeste & Jesse Forever and it didn't disappoint at all: it's more light-hearted and less penetrative, but has the same keen eye for relationship dynamics, sly humor, realistic characters and fantastic soundtrack. It's the most true-to-life romantic comedy I've seen in years. The characters were so relatable, totally reminded me of people in my life, and Joe Swanberg doesn't need plot twists or external drama to push the story along because it unfolds so naturally through the character interactions and developments.

It doesn't dig very deep into its characters, but I felt that was accurate and appropriate: we don't know much about the characters because they don't let people get to know them. Daily interactions are shallow, jokey; the deep conversations and self-revelations only really happen at 4am by a bonfire after a few drinks. I think the film would have been much worse if it had a Katherine-Heigl-movie moment of all the characters spilling their feelings and wants and grievances to each other because that is not how life goes - at least not for these people.

Olivia Wilde is outstanding and while it's not the powerhouse role I've been waiting for her to take on, it does further establish her as an impressively natural and charismatic talent simply in need of the right roles. She's hilarious and buoyant and handles her dramatic moments - however fleeting or quiet - with expert skill. Jake Johnson was the perfect match for Wilde as they have incredible chemistry and their charming banter keeps the movie energized. Anna Kendrick basically plays herself, but she's very good, as is Ron Livingston with a curiously enigmatic performance.

It won't appeal to everyone, because as it is so realistic, not much happens. It's more focused on the almosts and the might-have-beens than the happeneds. But it's so delightful, funny, observant, and coyly ambiguous, I really hope people give it a chance. It's not going to revolutionize cinema or anything but it has an authenticity, spark and lively wit that the genre generally eschews in favor of saccharine clichés and melodramatic crying scenes.


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