Director: Joe Swanberg
Stars: Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston
Release Date: July 25, VOD; August 23, theatrical
For those of you craving a bearable rom-com, Drinking Buddies is ready to quench your thirst, so to speak. A pleasant fan favorite at this year's SXSW and Sundance Film Festivals, the film follows a pair of best friends (Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson), who work at a Chicago brewery, trudging through the muck of their own dysfunctional romantic relationships (with Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick, respectively), which their forced to confront after a weekend getaway.
Marked by heavy improvisation from its leads, the slice-of-life flick is a genuinely affecting film so charming and inviting, you'll feel like you're hanging with your own drinking buddies. —TA