Magnolia Pictures | Release Date: August 23, 2013
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Generally favorable reviews based on 86 Ratings
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ThegodfathersonAug 23, 2013
'Drinking Buddies' is a lethargic look at what happens when platonic friends tip-toe the line between friendly and flirty; that they drink is merely a device in which we're given to understand their commonplace. While the plot is essentially'Drinking Buddies' is a lethargic look at what happens when platonic friends tip-toe the line between friendly and flirty; that they drink is merely a device in which we're given to understand their commonplace. While the plot is essentially aimless for the first three-quarters of the movie, the actors hold your attention by slowly and gently stroking the tension, which comes to a head when Johnson's Luke helps Wilde's Gate move between Chicago apartments. Ultimately, the stars of 'Drinking Buddies' give us some fun-enough characters to hang out with for 90 minutes. The true feelings and prerogatives of the main characters are reserved but for a few meaningful moments, of which many are apparent to the audience only. Despite (and perhaps because of) the creative control the actors were given in terms of improvised dialogue, there's a lot of people not saying what they're thinking in this movie. It's that frustrating passive aggression that makes this film feel as authentic and at times as too-close-to-home hitting of any of Swanberg's films to date. Expand
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SpangleOct 9, 2014
Drinking Buddies is far from a bad film and at its very best, it is a very good film. The acting is good and I love the minimalist nature of it. It all feels very natural and the relationships depicted felt very authentic, making the film allDrinking Buddies is far from a bad film and at its very best, it is a very good film. The acting is good and I love the minimalist nature of it. It all feels very natural and the relationships depicted felt very authentic, making the film all the much better. However, the film certainly lacked that "it" factor. It may not be bad, but it certainly was missing that special something that made it good and ultimately, lacked interest at many moments and felt very long for a 90 minute film, which is typically a bad thing. The story flowed well for the most part, though it did feel kind of rushed at times and I thought the story was told well for the most part. In addition, the direction was solid and got the job done. Thus, as a whole, Drinking Buddies is a very made, even if not overly entertaining film that provides just enough to get the job done. Expand
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BrianMcCriticAug 25, 2013
This is a solid film based on the strong chemistry between the four leads. Unfortunately I felt that there was just something missing when it came to getting a good feel for the characters. B-
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CheapSeatsJan 15, 2014
Drinking Buddies suffers from a plot too simplistic with characters that are beautifully portrayed but sadly, don't have much to do in this occasionally boring film that attempts to delve deeper into human emotions but only sometimes does itDrinking Buddies suffers from a plot too simplistic with characters that are beautifully portrayed but sadly, don't have much to do in this occasionally boring film that attempts to delve deeper into human emotions but only sometimes does it accomplish its goal. Expand
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ambenderJan 15, 2014
The actors are all outstanding, and the film ends well. Unfortunately, much of what comes before is quite boring, and the improvisation actually begins to feel a bit tedious at times.
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clayscottbrownJul 21, 2014
Small film about a brewery and it's workers, specifically two couples. The film is Marketed as something it isn't, mainstream.

The movie works but is low budget.

VERDICT: CHEAP AND BOOZY/50 OUT OF 100
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