DRINKING BUDDIES: REVIEW – As everyone knows, Men are form Mars and Venus is from… Vagina? I’m not sure I got that right.
Anyhow, the chick from Cowboys and Aliens and the dude who miraculously has refrained from murdering New Girl Zooey Deschanel for however many seasons are together in the first male female bro-mance Drinking Buddies, directed by Joe Swanberg and set in a small brewery. Both Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) have significant others, but their obvious attraction for each other, their matey banter and occasional physical intimacy looks set to blur boundaries and pigeons cat among the … put. Neither one of them are ready to fully commit and there’s a kidulthood vibe going on, with Luke and his hipster beard (disgracefully not featured on the poster) and permanent cap, and Kate’s kooky one of the boys good humor. What begins as essentially lightweight mumblecore becomes something altogether more engaging as a result of the genuine chemistry between the leads. Not since Lost in Translation has the frisson that comes with not coming together been so effectively sustained. Avoiding melodrama, keeping the scale small and the focus tight, Drinking Buddies is a brilliant portrait of intimacy and friendship and problems attendant.
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