USA, 2013, 90 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subject: American Indie
ENDING Friday, September 26th at the Sie FilmCenter
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.
The New York Times Critics' Pick
A. O. Scott
"Drinking Buddies is funny and sweet enough to qualify as a romantic comedy, except that the phrase implies a structure as well as an attitude. The genre depends on tidy mathematics, a calculus of desire that produces the same result every time. Mr. Swanberg, a prolific investigator of the makeshift mores of the young, prefers a kind of fractal geometry, leaving room for contingency, confusion and randomness in his search for emotional and behavioral truth. In the past, his explorations have sometimes been waylaid by formal sloppiness and a leering, distracting commitment to filming women without clothes. Still, he has become an undisputed expert on the group activities (filmmaking among them) of post-collegiate urban white people, and a pioneer of the cinematic manner that may define the current generation of 20- and 30-somethings..."
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DIRECTOR: Joe Swanberg
Principal Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures