I recently watched the new romantic-comedy “Drinking Buddies.” I didn’t know much about the movie before pressing play, but my love for Anna Kendrick had me intrigued. Basically, “Drinking Buddies” is the story of Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) – co-workers who spend most of their time together laboring at a Chicago brewery. Luke and Kate’s chemistry is painfully obvious, but there’s only one problem. You guessed it. They both have significant others. As a result, “Drinking Buddies” showcases the tricky line between friendly and flirtatious, where no couple wants to go, but eventually ends up.
As much as I love Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick (who played Luke’s girlfriend), I had a few problems with this movie. First off, it’s tremendously slow moving and does not really reveal much. In other words, the entire plot of the movie could have been wrapped up in a short, thirty-minute segment. There are a lot of awkward silences and dramatic pauses that mean well, but come off as trying a little too hard, if you know what I’m saying. I mean, I definitely appreciated the artistic elements found in this film, as it does differ from a typical romantic comedy. That being said, was it worth the eight dollar rental fee on my DVR? No.
I think another issue I had with this movie is the fact that the characters literally have a beer in their hand in every single scene. I wish I was kidding. Maybe I did not enjoy this movie as much as I should have because I was too busy worrying about how bloated everyone was feeling. Don’t get me wrong, I like beer, and I see no problem with throwing a few back, but was it necessary to have a beer in hand while eating, working, resting, cuddling, kissing, sitting, standing, etc.? I’ll let you answer that one.
Now that I have said my peace, I still think you should give “Drinking Buddies” a try. Maybe it is because part of me liked the slow-moving plot; maybe it is because I just really like Anna Kendrick. Though I wish this movie was a little more uniquely crafted or humorous, it is really not that bad. Once you get over the fact that the characters will be consuming beer non-stop, you might even find the flirtatious atmosphere somewhat charming.