In an era of predictable rom-coms, “Drinking Buddies” makes a refreshing change by sticking close to its name, perhaps as the start of a friend-trend.
Writer-director Joe Swanberg, at 32 already a prolific veteran of the indie movie scene, fashions a smart, observant feature from the every day interactions of co-workers at a Chicago area craft brewery.
Kate (Olivia Wilde) is the office manager, while Luke, a shaggy Jake Johnson from “The New Girl,” is a brewer. They have a fond, flirty relationship, sharing jokes and lunches, going out for drinks and playing pool with the guys.
They also have significant others. Rounding out this very well-cast foursome are Anna Kendrick as Luke’s live-in girlfriend Jill, and Ron Livingston as Kate’s current lover Chris.