Sunday, August 25, 2013

MINI-REVIEW: Drinking Buddies

Drinking Buddies

Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson


July 25, 2013 (VOD)
August 23, 2013 (LIMITED)

Joe Swanberg

Magnolia Pictures

1 hour 30 minutes



It's fascinating that there are not one, but two beer-related movie coming out this weekend in theaters, the first of course being "The World's End."  The second one, though, might have fallen under your radar, but definitely deserves a watch.  This film is called "Drinking Buddies," and it stars Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick in a nice little romantic dramady about two couples whose lives get messy after a camping trip together.  Like "The World's End," "Drinking Buddies" isn't about the beer that quenches the thirst of the main characters, rather it's about the personal lives of these characters and the problems that they experience.

The acting for the most part is fantastic, with the standout being Olivia Wilde, who gives her best performance to date in my opinion.  The script is quirky, funny, and very heartfelt throughout.  Director Joe Swanberg knows how to channel his actors and how to get them to bring out their best performances in order to make a good film.  The things that I felt lacked in the film were that some of the characters are a little underdeveloped, the film feels slow some of the time, and the ending, while sweet and fulfilling, felt that it could have been a little stronger.  Other than that, though, "Drinking Buddies" is a very entertaining movie with some great performances and an all around feeling of satisfaction once the credits start rolling,

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