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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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Cast

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was entirely improvised. There was no script, and the only things the actors and the crew had was a vague outline of the plot and the order in which certain events would take place. See more »

Goofs

When Luke and Kate argue after Kate moves to her new apartment, the shadow from the camera operator can be seen several times when the shot cuts to Kate. See more »

Quotes

Chris: Sometimes things that are really hard can be really rewarding because they're hard, you know!
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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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Referenced in Brows Held High: Tiny Furniture (2014) See more »

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Came Out of A Lady
Written by Alexander Flynn Toth and Annakalmia Clark Traver
Performed by Rubblebucket
Published by Sin Duda (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Sin Duda Records
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Go Out Drinking With Your Own Buddies
5 January 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Drinking Buddies (2013)

** (out of 4)

Best friends Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) spend all their time at work together and they often go out drinking afterwards. This is fine even though both are involved with other people but soon when the four go on a weekend trip things get a tad bit more complicated. Director Joe Swanberg's latest film is one I really wanted to watch but as the film went along I couldn't help but start to dislike all of the characters more and more. Whenever you're watching a film like this it's important that you can enjoy spending time with the characters because for 90-minutes you're basically just watching them get drunk and talk. In fact, there's a lot of talking in this movie and I didn't find a single line of it all that interested. There are many reasons for this but one of the biggest is that the film is pretty predictable right down to the final scene, which I must admit made me laugh because of how obvious it was. Another problem is like I said, the characters are all just so boring and uninteresting that you really don't care about what they're feeling, thinking or doing. This is especially true for the Kate character who never really makes too much sense and I'd say the Luke character is just as dumb. I'm really not sure what type of point or message the director was trying to make with these characters but they just come across as rather idiotic and lifeless. The performances are the one thing that helps keep the film interesting. Wilde is always good no matter what she's doing. Johnson was believable in his part. Anna Kendrick was good in the role of the girlfriend but the screenplay certainly did her character no favors. Ron Livingston played the boyfriend and again, the screenplay didn't do much for him. DRINKING BUDDIES will probably find a cult crowd out there who connects with these people but I'd recommend going out drinking with your own buddies instead of watching this.


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