Writer: Joe Swanberg (Screenplay)
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Ti West, Jason Sudeikis
Plot: 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.
Tagline – A comedy about knowing when to say when.
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
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Verdict: Comedy Goes on Too Long
Story: Drinking Buddies starts as we meet the co-workers from the brewery Kate (Wilde) and Luke (Johnson) who get along in and out of work, they enjoy a drink together, but both have their own relationship, Luke with teacher Jill (Kendrick) and Kate with Chris (Livingston).
The two couple decide to go away for a weekend together where the relationships will be tested and we get to see just who has feelings for who between the four.
Thoughts on Drinking Buddies
Characters – Kate is the PR woman at the brewery, she hangs out with the guys drinking after work, she is in the early stages of a relationship but doesn’t have much planned from it. Luke is the co-worker that is closest to Kate, he has been in a long-term relationship but avoiding the marriage conversation. Jill is Luke’s partner, a teacher that doesn’t enjoy drinking as much as Luke and wonders what could have been from her life.
Performances – Olivia Wilde is good in this role, she can play the free spirit that is needed well and work well with Jake Johnson that handles the comic moments well. Anna Kendrick is good as the girlfriend, you believe her in the more serious situation of the film.
Story – The story focuses on two co-workers that enjoy drinking but have their own relationship, we see how when time goes by the relationships become strained and their own feelings become much clearer, there isn’t too much more in this story, it is trying to show us everyday problems that everyday people might have.
Comedy/Romance – The comedy comes off well for the most part, with most part being improv that relies on the actor’s abilities.
Settings – The film keeps us looking in the everyday locations which shows us how lives can change so quickly.
Final Thoughts – This is a comedy that uses the idea of everyday life with relationship both romantic and with co-workers, argument can cause problems, but friends will always find a way to make up.
Overall: Simple comedy that isn’t the most inspiring.