Drinking Buddies Movie Review

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I am a movie fan. I have never written a movie review until now. I was contacted by Magnolia Pictures asking to review their latest film ‘Drinking Buddies’. I took a look at the trailer and quickly said yes.

Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in DRINKING BUDDIES, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in DRINKING BUDDIES, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.


Drinking Buddies stars Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson, who work at brewery. This becomes apparent from the opening of the movie. If your a beer geek you will be salivating from minute one of this movie. Great high production shots of the brewing process. What you don’t know from the beginning of the movie is that Olivia Wilde and Jack Johnson’s characters are not dating, despite the heavy flirting and teasing. You soon meet their significant others, Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick. This leads, rather quickly, to some tense moments and lots of beer drinking.
From a cast perspective this was a solid line up and they played their roles well. You could get a sense of the chemistry each character had with the other. The actors really did a great job acting…but that’s all the movie has going for it.
Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick in DRINKING BUDDIES, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick in DRINKING BUDDIES, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.


While its cool to have a craft brewery centric movie for a change, the script for me left much to be desired. I’m not sure if this how most independent films move but for me the whole movie moved really quickly during parts that needed a little more substance. On the other hand, there were times where I found myself thinking they were trying to burn film and stretch a scene out kind of exhaustively. Again, the catch 22 of this whole film is the 4 actors do a great job and I definitely found myself wanting to know more about them, but the script wasn’t there for me.
Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston in DRINKING BUDDIES, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston in DRINKING BUDDIES, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.


I still recommend the movie to rent on iTunes or On Demand, despite the pace of the movie. It has some good comedic moments to keep you entertained for 90 minutes and Wilde and Johnson work well with each other.

Grab a beer and watch the movie. Let me know what you think.

Cheers,
B