DRINKING BUDDIES

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

Set apart by its strong leads, “Drinking Buddies” is a romantic comedy that escapes the bounds of the typical formula and delivers a much more natural and realistic view, all while still pleasing and offering workable silver linings in the process. Most romantic comedies that take a direct look at how relationships are, most often, are depressing. They leave nothing to the imagination and rip your heart out with breakups and unrelenting emotions. However, Joe Swanberg’s film provides a cushion that allows the film to breathe believability and still capture the Hollywood essence needed to entertain and keep from feeling devastated. Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson’s chemistry is undeniable, bringing the highs with their comical co-worker friendship, but also bringing the lows as they struggle with their separate relationships and their feelings toward one another.

Johnson’s humor is unique and has become his staple, made most precedent in his hugely popular role on Fox’s “New Girl.” With repetitive and cold deliveries to his jokes and the ranting styles all his own, nothing matches his comedic timing in this stellar dramedy. Anna Kendrick is as gorgeous as always and also brings a life-like demeanor to Johnson’s longtime girlfriend. Ron Livingston wavers in his role, never quite landing on sincere or detached. And Ti West even supplies a decent showing as a co-worker and love interest of Wilde’s. Overall, “Drinking Buddies” is a well balanced romantic comedy with enough comedy and enough emotion to keep anyone entertained through the 90-minute run-time, providing the perfect platform for Johnson to continue his alluring brand of comedy.

RELEASE DATE
August 23, 2013

DIRECTOR
Joe Swanberg

WRITTEN BY
Joe Swanberg

STUDIO
Magnolia Pictures

R
(for language throughout)

COMEDY
DRAMA
ROMANCE
90 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Ben Richardson

COMPOSER
Dominic Lewis

EDITOR
Joe Swanberg

CAST
Olivia Wilde
Jake Johnson
Anna Kendrick
Ron Livingston
Ti West
Jason Sudeikis
Joe Swanberg

PRODUCED BY
Andrea Roa
Joe Swanberg
Alicia Van Couvering
Paul Bernon
Sam Slater

BUDGET
$1 million

Leave a Reply