Chris (Ron Livingston) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) are
one of those couples that shouldn't work. He is a socially
awkward bookworm and she is an outgoing, social butterfly.
Similarly, Jill (Anna Kendrick) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are
equally mismatched. She's an artist and he works in a
brewery. Luke and Kate work together and they introduce their
significant others to one another. Unsurprisingly, they hit it off.
So much so, in fact, that a weekend getaway to a cabin in the
woods starts a series of events that will leave them all changed by the
end of the film.
Oliva Wilde, Jake Johnson, and Anna Kendrick
That's really the entire plot of Drinking
Buddies. To give away much more would be
difficult because not a lot happens in the conventional movie sense.
Writer/director Joe Swanberg is a autuer in the relatively
new genre of "mumblecore." Mumblecore features are
typically made on low budgets and scripted through mostly improvised
dialogue. Watching Drinking
Buddies feels less like watching a movie and much more
like watching actual situations that have been filmed in sequence and
then edited together. The viewer is the one who assembles the
story and makes sense of it. The script does very little in
the way of exposition.
Olivia Wilde's performance is particularly noteworthy. This
is probably due to the fact that Kate is the most fleshed-out of the
four main protagonists. As she fumbles her way through her
interactions with Chris, Luke, her boss, and her co-workers, we get to
see more of her than any other character.
as a "comedy about when to say when," Drinking Buddies might
catch the unsuspecting viewer off-guard with its lackadaiscial pace and
the relative scarcity of laugh-out-loud moments. As it was my first experience with the "mumblecore," I can definitely
say that my interest has been picqued and I want to see more of this
type of film. It's certainly not an easy film to recommend to
the mainstream moviegoer who doesn't want to be challenged.
For those that think that movies seem too formulaic these
days, Drinking Buddies feels
Trivia: This film was
entirely improvised. There was no script, and the only things the
actors and the crew had was a vague outline of the plot and the order
in which certain events would take place. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)