What happens when two couples go on a double date to a cabin in the woods, and it just seems like they might be paired up with the wrong mates? And what if they just so happen to drink excessive amounts of alcohol? It may sound like your standard rom com fare, but Drinking Buddies solidly rises above the predictability and schmaltz we’ve all come to expect from the genre.
Revolution Brewing in Chicago serves as the back drop for much of the film, where Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) work. As one might expect from a movie shot in a brewery, much of the story unfolds amidst drinking and hanging out. The film rides on the dialogue, and luckily, it’s pitch perfect. According to director Joe Swanberg the entire script was improvised.
During a Q&A with Indy Film Fest, Swanberg said it’s hard to raise money for a film with no script, but getting great actors helps. With the likes of Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston joining Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson, I’d say he rounded up quite the cast. His idea of warming the actors up to each other and to the craft beer culture was to have them hang out in his basement for a little home-brewing, followed by a field trip to Three Floyds Brewing. I think these must have served him well, as there is a magnetic chemistry between the actors as they figure out who they really want to be with.
See it on the limited theatrical run if you can, as this looks and sounds great (I’d be remiss to not mention that the soundtrack is aces, courtesy of music supervisor Chris Swanson of Secretly Canadian fame) on the big screen. As of today, you can catch Drinking Buddies on iTunes and in select cities beginning 8/23/13.
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