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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.


Joe Swanberg


Joe Swanberg
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


Anna Kendrick has appeared in three films directed by Joe Swanberg ('Digging For Fire', 'Drinking Buddies', and 'Happy Christmas'). All three films were 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 »


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 »


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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Crazy Credits

The title of the movie only appears in the ending credits and Jason Sudeikis's character 'Gene Dentler' is credited as 'Himself'. See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.190 (2013) See more »


How Do I Know
Written by Luke Temple, Michael Bloch, Jennifer Turner, Peter Hale, and Kristina Lieberson (ASCAP)
Performed by Here We Go Magic
Published by Polar Patrol Publishing administered by Kobalt Music.
Courtesy of Secretly Canadian Records
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Shallow Characters with Shallow Dilemmas
20 October 2013 | by tigerfish50See all my reviews

From the threadbare 'Hannah takes the Stairs' to the layered, clever 'Alexander the Last', the quality of Joe Swanberg's films 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 relationships with other partners. Kate and Luke use their love of beer as an excuse to hang out while concealing their amorous agenda and ambivalence in an alcoholic haze. The improvised dialog does deliver some amusing moments, but there are too many repetitive exchanges which dissipate the film's energy.

The two lead actors create credible characters, but Swanberg doesn't give them anywhere particularly interesting to go, and there doesn't appear to be anything of great value at stake. Kate and Luke's Romeo and Juliette saga turns into a circular song-and-dance routine, until their friendship becomes infected by frustration, leading to dishonesty and irritability. The concept is intriguing, but the film turns into an effective endorsement of sobriety. Swanberg has shown he can do better than this, and the end titles arrive just in time.

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Release Date:

25 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$19,505, 25 August 2013

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2.35 : 1
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