DRINKING BUDDIES Blu-Ray Review
I’m not sure if it was that I went into this film expecting a light-hearted romantic comedy, or that Drinking Buddies really was just as mind-numbingly dragging as I’m fully intent on believing, but either way, I am left scratching my head at how a film with so much potential went so wrong.
Drinking Buddies is at the core a story of relationships – functional and otherwise. Olivia Wilde stars as Kate, who as far as I can tell is the administrative assistant at a brewery/beer distribution center in Chicago, and suffers from a mild Peter Pan complex. In between fielding calls with potential clients, Kate spends her days drinking and joking around with her male co-workers. She seems to make a subconscious choice to not take herself, or anything else, seriously.
Kate finds herself back on the dating market after a weekend away with her boyfriend, Chris (Ron Livingston), and her friend/co-worker, Luke (Jake Johnson) and his girlfriend, Jill (Anna Kendrick). Although their problems seem rather obvious, Kate struggles through the break-up and finds herself leaning on Luke more than usual. The tension this creates within his relationship is amplified by an indiscretion Jill makes during that same weekend away which is equally threatening to their six-year long romance.
At the end, Kate finds herself stuck in a state of flux. She’s unable to completely accept the parameters of being an adult, but as someone in their late-20’s/early 30’s no longer has the option of being a child.
Honestly, I had a really hard time getting through this film. Drinking Buddies had an amazing cast, yet failed to capitalize on their talent. Instead the film presented us with ill-fitting characters that were in constant need of reassurance. The film drags in just about every way and fails to ever seem like it’s making an actual point.
The Blu-ray does offer a nice collection of special features:
- Deleted Scenes/Outtakes – with Optional Writer/Director Commentary
- Interviews with Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston
- AXS TV: A Look at Drinking Buddies
- All Things Drinking with Writer/Director Joe Swanberg and “Drinking Made Easy” Host Zane Lamprey
- Behind the Scenes at Revolutionary Brewing
- Commentary with Writer/Director Joe Swanberg, Producer Andrea Roa, and Producer Alicia Van Couvering
Unfortunately, even with all the extras, it wasn’t enough to salvage this film experience for me.
Drinking Buddies is available today in-stores and online.