News Drinking Buddies (Trailer); Movie available on iTunes/On Demand July 25, theaters August 23, 2013

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  1. DNICE555

    DNICE555 Champion (812) Aug 13, 2008 Connecticut
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    Is it weird that I'd take Anna over Olivia any day of the week?
  2. ColoradicalBEER

    ColoradicalBEER Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2012 Colorado

    The only parts I remember besides Olivia Wilde drinking beer was that one dude wearing an Allagash shirt, Abita shirt and had a Avery hat hanging up in his house.
  3. Mfoleybrews

    Mfoleybrews Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2013 Connecticut

    I saw some pints and some brewery scenes, next time I want to see that guess what? I will take my ass to a brewery! Next time I want to see a chick flick I will stay home when wife has girls thanks!
  4. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    Beer and Olivia Wilde. Not necessarily in that order. Must be great!
  5. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Ok, if it were totally improvised that makes sense then, no offense to actors but many need a script to run off of and there are few that can just do stuff off the cuff convincingly.
  6. hopswap1

    hopswap1 Disciple (365) Apr 27, 2012 Illinois
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    As a beer lover.. I still didn't like it.
    My girlfriend, as a girl... also hated it.
    overall, it was nice to bond over our dislike.
    not at all, I second this
  7. Mplsmetro57

    Mplsmetro57 Aspirant (280) Jan 30, 2013 Minnesota
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    A nice little indie film. I thought it was good and felt more like I was seeing a theater play than a movie. The issues the actors dealt with were real unlike most large scale Hollywood fare. And plenty of craft beer to boot. Cool to see Rev Brew and Matty Kemp holding down the bar in one scene.
  8. Mplsmetro57

    Mplsmetro57 Aspirant (280) Jan 30, 2013 Minnesota
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    That was Jake Johnson, who's also a homebrewer. Olivia Wilde also wore a Half Acre tee.
  9. Mplsmetro57

    Mplsmetro57 Aspirant (280) Jan 30, 2013 Minnesota
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    A double bill with "Crafting A Nation"?
  10. Crispy25

    Crispy25 Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2012 California

    I thought it was a great movie. And damn did I want a beer after watching it!
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  11. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    The movie version of a drain pour. I suffered through the first half hour and then scanned the rest. Awkward terrible acting and an even worse plot. Keep in mind that Anna Kendrick gained fame from twilight! I will make sure to stick to the classics and mid evil dramas I find MUCH more enticing. Jousting reality tv looks amazing after watching this tripe!
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  12. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I am pretty much convinced that the only people that love the movie are the ones that are so overly excited to see any movie with a beer theme that they can overlook all the mediocrity of this movie. Or that they know someone involved in the production or got some VIP treatment from the studio and don't want to bash the movie after being treated well.

    I mean I am not a movie expert but I watch a crap ton of movies, usually 3-4 a week (and my fair share of chick flicks thanks to my wife) and this movie was just so flat in almost every single aspect.
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  13. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    Agreed. I found myself liking it, but then realized I was totally geeking over seeing a bottle of Zombie Dust or the Revolution posters, etc. (and I totally want that Allagash t-shirt!). It was definitely flat. But the (several) beers I had while watching it were not, so that helped. Plus, it kinda makes me want a "drinking buddy" like Jack Johnson - he's awesome! :wink:
  14. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    I respectfully disagree. I'm quite confident that I'd like this movie regardless of the beer theme, or regardless of attending the screening. There's no cognitive dissonance going on, to me this movie is on par with Lost in Translation (another polarizing film which I mentioned earlier), Sideways, and other movies of a laid-back, subtle style. The acting is fantastic which is really what makes the movie. The camera work, music, scenery, etc. are icing on the cake. And it isn't like I had such a great time at the screening that I decided to like the movie, I was excited about it from day 1 after hearing that it filmed in my stomping grounds, and if the film had sucked I would have been disappointed and completely willing to admit it. Happily it's really really good.
    I would attribute the negative responses to "different strokes for different folks". It isn't an exciting film (SPOILER ALERT: the most exciting thing that happens is someone slices their hand open) however it's a compelling character study, a look into a subculture that I haven't seen portrayed on screen, and, pardon the phrase, well-crafted for the style. It's on par with lots of other character-driven films. And going back decades to films like Breathless (French New Wave) there's a well-regarded tradition of films that follow characters around, more or less in real-time, which most people would consider boring due to lack of a conventional plot or well-defined conflict. No doubt it isn't getting a wide release because it's not everyone's cup of tea, but there's no question in my mind that it's well-acted and well-made.
  15. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    We'll just agree to disagree then. If I were Giamatti/Murray and you put my performance in Lost in Translation/Sideways on the same level as the people in Drinking Buddies I'd be supremely offended.
  16. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    Hadn't seen the trailer. Watched the movie and aside from seeing a bunch of cool craft beers, the rest is just boring. Nothing funny, just a weird ass drama/love story.
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  17. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    I love ass dramas and love stories!
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  18. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    If only it was that.
  19. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    I'll yield on a couple of points, that 1) Ron Livingston was trying a bit too hard to act depressed & socially challenged. After seeing him play pretty affable characters in other films (e.g. Office Space) I wasn't really buying it. Perhaps he was miscast. 2) One of the supporting actors (the guy who gets with Olivia's character) was trying a bit too hard to be grating & not a very good actor at that. Otherwise I felt that the other 3 main actors were authentic & brought some life to their characters.
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  20. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    His character was horribly cast and boring. He was MUCH better in Office space.
  21. Crispy25

    Crispy25 Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2012 California

    I absolutely agree with you. You are not a movie expert.
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  22. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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  23. Crispy25

    Crispy25 Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2012 California

    And obviously not a great comedian. :wink:
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  24. tree777

    tree777 Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Florida

    I watched the movie and I can safely say the movie had nothing to to with craft beer or the craft beer industry.
  25. BEEER

    BEEER Initiate (62) Jul 27, 2013 Ohio

    It felt like a pilot to some new CW tv show. There was nothing terribly wrong with it, but it ended and I was like- meh, ok...?
  26. blastoderm55

    blastoderm55 Disciple (381) Jun 7, 2013 Texas
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    Watching this snooze of a movie right now. I want my ten bucks back. :slight_frown:
  27. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    Here's a rather extensive (and glowing) video review of Drinking Buddies from a few movie industry professionals on a review show called "Just Seen It" (which airs in a bunch of markets including Chicago.)

    Fast-forward to 0:30 to skip the ads. An indie-style relationship study is obviously not everyone's cup of tea, but lest anyone think it's a clunker, here's good support in the opposite direction.
  28. silver0rlead

    silver0rlead Savant (919) Dec 24, 2004 North Carolina

    ^It just felt aimless and inarticulate to me, and didn't create enough of an atmosphere to make it even remotely interesting. This pales in comparison to a Duplass brothers film or some of the better talky indie dramedies.
  29. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Zealot (500) Mar 13, 2011 Illinois

    Rented it on Amazon. Quite good. Very true to life (very real).

    Gotta love the brewery setting...
  30. bkov33

    bkov33 Initiate (176) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    your a dude? change your avatar man
  31. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    Did he arouse you? It's ok. We're all friends here. :grimacing:
  32. zoocircle

    zoocircle Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Texas

    There hasn't been a rom com/ romance movie my wife has ever disliked, until this one. It took us three nights to get through this one because it just couldn't keep our attention. If I want to see awkward flirting for 2 straight hours I'll hang out at the local high school
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  33. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Let's call a spade a spade. If we can't call the movie "bad" can we at least call it subpar at best?
  34. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    I believe my comment was responding to the critique of the acting as "bad". It's fascinating that most of the reviews I've read pick out the acting as a particular strength of the film (which I happen to agree with) while a couple call the acting "strained" or aimless. My conclusion is that there's a polarizing quality to the improv-style, script-less acting that was used. Maybe it's just too naturalistic for some folks. Same goes for the story. If you expect exciting things to happen in your movies and can't stand it when they don't, perhaps you should skip it in favor or something more formulaic. (Though I would still argue against skipping it if you want to show your support for craft beer on the big screen.) But speaking generally, I don't think you can fairly take a film that has a tomatometer of 80% and dismiss it as subpar. A.O. Scott of the New York Times gets the film, as do most critics. A few reviewers criticize it pretty thoroughly. Sucks to be them -- that they got little out of the film -- but they're in the minority.

    Confession: I suppose my intense interest in the film is part validation & part aspiration. I feel a sense of pride that craft beer has "made it" to the silver screen, doubly so that it's the Chicago craft beer scene (both in the story & in the making), triply so that it's a movie I really enjoyed that's getting a great reception from critics I respect. The aspirational aspect is that the lives depicted on screen are way more interesting than mine -- oh how great it would be to work at a brewery, have a close group of friends/co-workers to hang out with after work, go on a double-date trip to a cabin in Michigan and have fun & intense experiences worthy of being filmed. So obviously I'm connecting with the film on a few different levels than your typical viewer.
  35. Mattys21

    Mattys21 Initiate (82) Feb 17, 2013 Texas
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  36. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    I have more fun watching regular movies/tv-shows and spotting good beer in the foreground/background than I did watching these people drink pints of pale all over Chicago, while awkwardly flirting and wasting time.
  37. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

  38. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    I'm more of an Anna Kendrick over Wilde but their stock went up after the portrayal. Decent flick but nothing to special.
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  39. czfreeman

    czfreeman Initiate (0) May 22, 2007 California

    I really was expecting alot more out of this movie than an alcoholic version of an episode of Dawson's creek. It was cool to see Revolution etc...but when it was over my friend and I said "what the F** just happened"? I lost an hour or so I'll never get back...good thing I was drinking
  40. Jonada

    Jonada Champion (840) May 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    While I generally agree with you that Rotten Tomatoes is pretty reliable, I'd like to point out that this is currently sitting at 91%.

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