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"AN EXTREMELY ENJOYABLE, FUNNY AND LIGHT-HEARTED FILM"

- Film Pulse

"WILDE AND JOHNSON HAVE CRAZY PALPABLE CHEMISTRY TOGETHER, AND ARE REALLY FUNNY."

- The Playlist

"LAUGHTER SENSE “GENUINE LAUGHTER AND AN INFECTIOUS SENSE OF FUN"

- Screen

"Drinking Buddies is further evidence that Wilde has more depth and ambition than mainstream Hollywood can currently handle."

- Boston Globe

"Marks Swanberg as one of the subtler talents of his generation."

- Boston Globe

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- ARIZONA REPUBLIC

"Her (Olivia Wilde) performance is so complex and alive."

- MIAMI HERALD

"Critics’ Pick"

- Washington Post

"Slyly puts the lie to myriad Hollywood myths about love, friendship, rivalry and the laws of attraction — and has enormous fun doing it."

- Washington Post

"Sneaks up on you; you think it’s going in one direction, and suddenly it goes somewhere much more interesting."

- SEATTLE TIMES

"This movie will make you want to drink many, many beers."

- San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Utterly real."

- The Oregonian

"Here’s a cast of wonderful actors, that all seem like people we know."

- FOX5SANDIEGO.COM

"(Olivia Wilde) has never been better."

- San Francisco Chronicle

"It's a real thirst-quencher."

- San Francisco Chronicle

"More starkly funny than standard sudsy, the romantic comedy is a boozy probe into personal messiness."

- Time Magazine

"Winning comedy."

- USA TODAY

"Terrific ensemble cast."

- USA TODAY

"This Is How Romcoms Should Work."

- The Atlantic

"Drinking Buddies is that thing that they say doesn't get made much anymore—a well-executed, charming, effective, and plausible romantic comedy."

- The Atlantic

"Olivia Wilde is simply incandescent."

- The Atlantic

"If this is the future of independent romantic comedies, sign me up."

- Twitch Film

"THE FILM EQUIVALENT OF GREAT HANG TIME. The actors all blend terrifically."

- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"A BRISK AND EXUBERANT COMEDY WITH CHARISMATIC PERFORMERS AND SPARKLING IMPROVISATIONS."

- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"AN AFFECTING ROMANCE. Never have Swanberg’s tiny moments felt so honest or clear."

- Zachary Wigon, Village Voice

"A FORMIDABLE INJECTION OF NEW BLOOD TO THE ROM-COM GENRE. With the genuine laughs that keep stacking up, Swanberg keeps zigging where others would be zagging."

- Matt Barone, Complex

"In its close observation of characters torn between their heads and their hearts, the film is as penetrating and wise as New Wave master Eric Rohmer often was."

- Kenji Fujishima, Slant

"A genuinely affecting film so charming and inviting, you'll feel like you're hanging with your own drinking buddies."

- Tara Aquino, Complex

"Characters so real, you’d swear you’d already shared a pitcher with them."

- Mallory Rice, Nylon

"FUNNY AND ODDLY WISE."

- Juliann Garey, Marie Claire

"FUNNY AND POIGNANT. Everyone in the movie is great."

- Mark Lisanti, Grantland

"Olivia Wilde really shows off her dynamic acting chops while also looking crazy hot. One of the more realistic unrequited love stories that has worked in a while."

- Eli Kooris, BlackBook

"Its heady mix of belly laughs and sweet romance is intoxicating. A feel-good film with many moments of genuine laughter and an infectious sense of fun. With characters that are constantly drinking pints, playing pool and going skinny-dipping, the film delivers a great energy that makes you want to make friends and join the party."

- Flossie Topping, Screen

"Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson have crazy palpable chemistry together, and are really funny."

- Cory Everett, The Playlist on Indiewire

"A surprisingly potent exploration of the uneasy space between friendship and romance. It gets to the heart of the matters of the heart with disarming doses of both charm and wisdom."

- William Goss, Film.com

"Mature,funny and thoughtful. If this is the future of independent romantic comedies, sign me up."

- Eric Snider, Twitch

"Honest, has a great heart, a spectacular cast, and enough beer to fill the San Andreas Fault."

- AMERICAN CRAFT BEER

"Propelled by amazing performances from Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde, whose chemistry makes nearly every scene a pleasure to watch."

- WE GOT THIS COVERED

"Very funny."

- FILMOPHILIA

"The summers most charming indie."

- Huffington Post

"Improvised, hilarious, and heartfelt"

- Buzzfeed

"One of our favorite films from this year's SXSW Film Festival"

- Movies.com

"It's a funny, expertly calculated look at blurred lines, and we can't recommend it enough."

- Movies.com

"Characters so real, you’d swear you’ve already shared a pitcher with them."

- Nylon

"Grade: A-. Delightful"

- INDIEWIRE

"A full-bodied achievement"

- INDIEWIRE

"Wilde gives her most assertive performance to date"

- INDIEWIRE

"The performances are just as excellent as that cast list suggests."

- Film School Rejects

"A genuinely affecting film so charming and inviting, you'll feel like you're hanging with your own drinking buddies."

- Tara Aquino, Complex

"A FORMIDABLE INJECTION OF NEW BLOOD TO THE ROM-COM GENRE. With the genuine laughs that keep stacking up, Swanberg keeps zigging where others would be zagging."

- Matt Barone, Complex

"In its close observation of characters torn between their heads and their hearts, the film is as penetrating and wise as New Wave master Eric Rohmer often was."

- Kenji Fujishima, Slant

"FUNNY AND POIGNANT. Everyone in the movie is great."

- Mark Lisanti, Grantland

"Olivia Wilde really shows off her dynamic acting chops while also looking crazy hot. One of the more realistic unrequited love stories that has worked in a while."

- Eli Kooris, BlackBook

"Its heady mix of belly laughs and sweet romance is intoxicating. A feel-good film with many moments of genuine laughter and an infectious sense of fun. With characters that are constantly drinking pints, playing pool and going skinny-dipping, the film delivers a great energy that makes you want to make friends and join the party."

- Flossie Topping, Screen

"Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson have crazy palpable chemistry together, and are really funny."

- Cory Everett, The Playlist on Indiewire

"A surprisingly potent exploration of the uneasy space between friendship and romance. It gets to the heart of the matters of the heart with disarming doses of both charm and wisdom."

- William Goss, Film.com

"Mature,funny and thoughtful. If this is the future of independent romantic comedies, sign me up."

- Eric Snider, Twitch

"If this is the future of independent romantic comedies, sign me up."

- Twitch Film

"Olivia Wilde delivers an impressive performance."

- Twitch Film

"A point of view that's mature, funny, and thoughtful."

- Twitch Film

"A genuinely affecting film so charming and inviting, you'll feel like you're hanging with your own drinking buddies."

- Complex

"You’ll be thirsty while you’re watching"

- Baltimore City Paper

"Depicts the culture of craft beer with great accuracy."

- Baltimore City Paper

"Takes familiar genre variables and creates a playful and naturalistic film set in a vivid subculture."

- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel


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About The Film

Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They're perfect for each other, except that they're both in relationships. Luke is in the midst of marriage talks with his girlfriend of six years, Kate is playing it cool with her music producer boyfriend Chris. But you know what makes the line between "friends" and "more than friends" really blurry? Beer.

Cast & Crew

Cast:
Olivia Wilde
Jake Johnson
Anna Kendrick
Ron Livingston

Director:
Joe Swanberg

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Magnolia Pictures is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain and AXS TV. Recent releases include the riveting killer whale doc Blackfish, David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, Thomas Vinterberg’s Oscar-Nominated The Hunt, hit documentaries Muscle Shoals, Jiro Dreams of Sushi and The Queen of Versailles, and the Academy Award nominated A Royal Affair. Magnolia's upcoming releases include Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Richard Ayoade’s dystopian vision The Double, the raucous Alan Partridge starring Steve Coogan, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas, Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best!, Norwegian thrillers Pioneer and Ragnarok, and many more.
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