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Drinking Buddies (2013)



Critic Consensus: Smart, funny, and powered by fine performances from Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson, Drinking Buddies offers a bittersweet slice of observational comedy.

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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. (c) Magnolia

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Critic Reviews for Drinking Buddies

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (34)

Drinking Buddies is that thing that they say doesn't get made much anymore-a well-executed, charming, effective, and plausible romantic comedy.

August 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Drinking Buddies could suffer a little from its marketing, which may suggest to some audiences that it is just a regular rom com. But luckily, it is nothing like that. It is something much, much better.

August 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The acting and improv, by the whole cast, is sublime ...

November 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It feels like a slicker, sleeker version of the cruddy DV odysseys of yore, and yet at its (mumble) core, it's just more of the same minor-key doodling.

October 31, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A lo-fi relationship drama that is interesting, if unevenly presented.

October 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is thoughtful film-making with a keen sense of humour, and we can all drink to that.

October 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Drinking Buddies



Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


This. Is. Mumblecore. Some critics and audiences feel that this movement is the official death of cinema. My take on Drinking Buddies is that not since Richard Linklater's earliest works has a film been so refreshing and unique. Naturalistic settings, minimal narrative structure, and what seems like improvised dialogue by four incredible actors, Drinking Buddies is the Indie romance I've been wanting to see again since the 90s.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


Dressed down, sunglassed up Olivia Wilde sans bra and make-up is crazysexycool as just one of the guys in a microbrewery of dudes. She has great chemistry with gruff 'n grumble Jake Johnson, and they play platonic, opposite sex besties with camaraderie and tension. There are some great silent, intimate moments (Kate quietly and awkwardly getting into bed with Luke; Luke bringing Kate a beer and Kate giving him some fries at the end), but the movie is a little indie-slow with not so much as a "will they/won't they" arc but a "will they do the 'will they/won't they' arc...or won't they"...arc...? It's unclear whether Luke and Kate are into each other or not, so the climax that reveals "what could have been" comes out of nowhere.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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