Drinking Buddies (2013) When is a mumblecore movie about middle-class hipster love not a mumblecore movie? When it stars Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick. In Drinking Buddies ,… 2013-08-23 R PT90M Drama Jason Sudeikis Anna Kendrick Ron Livingston Olivia Wilde Magnolia Pictures
Movie Review

Drinking Buddies (2013)

MPAA Rating: R
IMMA BUY YOU A DRANK Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson square off as friends with no benefits but lots of tension in Drinking Buddies
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IMMA BUY YOU A DRANK Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson square off as friends with no benefits but lots of tension in Drinking Buddies
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Aug 23, 2013; Rated: R; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Jason Sudeikis, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston and Olivia Wilde; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

When is a mumblecore movie about middle-class hipster love not a mumblecore movie? When it stars Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick. In Drinking Buddies , Joe Swanberg's disarming ramble of a romantic comedy, Wilde plays Kate, who works for a microbrewery run by Luke (Jake Johnson), her flirtatious and touchy-feely best pal. Both of them are in relationships: Kate with the dour, bookish Chris (Ron Livingston); Luke with the perky Jill (Kendrick), who adores him but isn't sure he'll go the distance. Neither are we. Drinking Buddies keeps us off balance about the vital question of who should be with whom. Each time we're sure we know, Swanberg turns the tables, and does it with small shadings of talk and body language that give the movie its rich-brew bohemian flavor, even when what little plot there is just sits there. The actors all blend terrifically, making this the film equivalent of great hang time. B+ (Available on VOD)

Originally posted Aug 21, 2013 Published in issue #1274 Aug 30, 2013 Order article reprints
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