Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston stars in a new comedy film this August with Drinking Buddies. This new movie is written and directed by Joe Swanberg and is about Luke (Johnson) and Kate (Wilde), co-workers at a Chicago brewery where their days are spent drinking and flirting. The two are actually perfect for each other, the only catch is: they’re both in relationships. Luke is gearing up to marry his girlfriend for 6 years and Kate is involved with her music producer boyfriend. However, the lines between becoming friends and more than friends can surely be blurred by just a simple solution – Beer. Check out the article for Drinking Buddies below:
“The Crazy Chemistry of Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in Drinking Buddies
With the rise of digital filmmaking in the last decade, a new wave of DIY “mumblecore” filmmakers have risen up through the ranks. While initially many of these films were loose and unpolished, they are now are becoming more refined with many of these directors and actors now having basically integrated themselves into the mainstream (or mainstream indie anyway). Of the directors who have come of age during this digital era, perhaps none is more notorious or divisive than Joe Swanberg, the writer/director/editor/actor responsible for 12 films over the last 8 years. With an output that prolific, you would think by now you should know whether Swanberg’s brand of filmmaking is your cup of tea or not.
As someone who had only been tangentially familiar with his work — I had seen two of his shorts and quite some time ago “Hannah Takes The Stairs” took up a semi-permanent residence in my Netflix queue — I found myself very pleasantly surprised by “Drinking Buddies” a low-key relationship comedy with some potent chemistry between the film’s leads. Olivia Wilde stars as Kate, an attractive but unkempt office manager at a Chicago brewery. While not exactly a tomboy, she can still crack jokes, drink beer and keep up with her all-male coworkers without having to go out of her way to prove she’s just “one of the guys.” Kate has a particularly easy rapport with Luke (an almost unrecognizably gruff Jake Johnson), a quick-witted brewer.
Whether this office flirtation will develop (or if there is any shared history there to begin with) is part of the fun of watching these two together. It takes us a few minutes to parse the relationships in the film which make each reveal a nice dramatic wrinkle in the story. When Kate first arrives at the home of her boyfriend Chris (Ron Livingston), we don’t know if they live together or if things are much more casual, which turns out to be the case. During an event at the brewery we meet Luke’s serious girlfriend Jill (Anna Kendrick), a much more type-A personality than he is. Things become complicated after the couples take a weekend trip to Chris’ cabin and Luke and Kate continue to grow closer.”
The rest of article can be read at Indiewire.com.
Don’t miss Drinking Buddies in theaters near you on August 23rd 2013.
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