DVD Review: Drinking Buddies
Kate (Oliva Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are two co-workers at a Chicago brewery who seem like they're quite perfect for each other. Only, Jake is happily in a long term relationship with Jill (Anna Kendrick) and Kate sees Chris, (Ron Livingston) who just don't seem like they have a lot in common. When Chris and Kate go their separate ways, Kate and Luke fall into serious "will they or won't they" territory.
I'm personally not much of a beer drinker, but I went to an art show/beer tasting thing recently and I drank a lot of good beer. This movie has beer in nearly every scene, and God did it make me want more.. Back to the movie, I thought Olivia Wilde was fantastic in this. She's mostly been a background character to me, either not being given enough to do, or not doing enough with what she's given, but she really shined here, as did the rest of the cast. Obviously, she had great chemistry with Johnson, who also had great chemistry with Kendrick. Having a cast that clicks like this just enhances the characters' relationships with each other. My very first thought when I saw Kate and Luke interact was "This is why some people think guys and girls cannot be friends." I disagree with that statement, but seeing them together, I felt like I saw their point very clearly for once.
I was impressed with Jill, I don't think she was completely oblivious to how Luke and Kate acted around each other, but she didn't go into the stereotypical jealous girl friend mode, and I appreciated that. In fact, this entire film could've fallen into the typical rom com void, but everything about it felt fresh. (which doesn't surprise me when I read how much this film was improvised and how much input the cast had on their characters) Really, I loved the entire thing.
Memorable Quote: "I don't want your friends to know how short I really am." - Jill (Anna Kendrick)