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Drinking Buddies Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Peter Debruge

    Relative to the major brands, the intimate, handcrafted approach should yield more flavor. Instead, Drinking Buddies offers mostly froth.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The skillful quartet at the center of Drinking Buddies reveals the weaknesses in the material.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The actors all blend terrifically, making this the film equivalent of great hang time.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's a meandering film that prompts the viewer to anticipate characters' actions. Fortunately, they don't take predictable paths.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Writer-director-editor Swanberg should actually get first billing, as it’s his touch that makes Drinking Buddies something special.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Village Voice Zachary Wigon

    With dexterity and care, Swanberg illuminates our muddled perceptions of our own relationships. He fixates on the minutiae of hanging out, the stuff of little loves and lies, the feints and thrusts we make in sorting matters of head and heart.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 17+

Lots of drinking in romantic indie dramedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Drinking Buddies centers on co-workers at a Chicago brewery who are wondering whether they should be more than "just friends," despite the fact that both are involved with other people. Unsurprisingly (considering the title), there's lots of drinking -- at work, after work, on weekends, at parties, and pretty much any other time -- frequently to the point of drunkenness. There's also plenty of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and more), a glimpse of a naked woman before she runs into a lake to skinny dip, suggested sex, and some smoking.

  • Families can talk about how the movie presents drinking. Do you think the characters drink too much? Does their behavior seem realistic/believable? Are there consequences for what they do?
  • Do you think Luke and Kate should get together? Why or why not? Does your answer to this question change during the course of the film?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Luke and Kate have a great friendship, but it's clear that they're both thinking about whether it should be more than that. This complicated question is made even more so by the fact that they're both involved with other people, and nobody wants to hurt anyone else.

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    Role models: Everyone in this film is conflicted by desire for one person even though they're involved with someone else. They try to be loyal and honest, but it's clear that sometimes this is quite a challenge.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Couples have intense discussions. A guy gets into a brief brawl over parking spaces.

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    Sex: Couples fool around and are soon after seen getting out of bed. A man and a woman flirt overtly, though it's never clear whether either of them will take it any further. A brief scene shows a naked woman running into a lake to go skinny dipping at night; her breasts and back are glimpsed momentarily.

  • language false3

    Language: Plenty of casual swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "p---y," "d--k," and more.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: A few Apple products are visible, including iPhones and a Mac computer. An important scene features a U-Haul truck.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main characters work at a brewery and drink beer nearly constantly, at all hours of the day; they sometimes get pretty drunk. One man stands out for his preference for wine and scotch. A few scenes have people doing shots. One character smokes cigarettes.