Drinking Buddies and Hollywood Endings

Yesterday Lenah and I watched a movie called Drinking Buddies by Joe Swanberg. It’s a cute little story about co-workers at a Chicago brewery and the blurred lines between their friendship and their relationships. Okay, I better just quote IMDB:

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.

What I like about movies like Drinking Buddies:

  • Few actors. (They can focus on acting and they (Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston all do a great job in Drinking Buddies)
  • The story is realistic. No string music at opportune moments, no one telling you what to feel and when to feel it.
  • No frills. No explosions. JUST STORY.
  • Believable characters. No stereotypes.
  • No Hollywood ending. Low predictability level. It ends in a realistic, but sympathetic way.

A really nice little movie that doesn’t require 3D glasses or surround sound. It tells a story about real people in a real world. I wish there were more films like that.


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