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Drinking Buddies (2013)

Director: Joe Swanberg
Stars: Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, Ti West

Fans of tradition will hate Drinking Buddies. If you go into this expecting a Shop Around the Corner-type story, then sorry 'bout it, you're shit outta luck. Sure, the IMDB synopsis mentions that the film is about a couple of craft brewery co-workers (Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson) who flirt and clearly have more chemistry than the people they're actually dating (Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick, respectively). But given this, know that Drinking Buddies doesn't follow the tried and true beat of a romcom, which is something you'd expect if you're familiar with director Joe Swanberg's work.

Considering all the lines are entirely improvised by the cast (within a story outline, provided by Swanberg), the nuanced portrayal of modern relationships in the movie comes from a very real place. It's a reminder that what's obvious and what's right in a fairytale land doesn't matter because real life isn't that cut and dry. Real life, as examined in Drinking Buddies, is essentially a compilation of lies and excuses we tell ourselves to make the day easier. Now who's up for a beer?

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