Drinking Buddies

August 23rd 2013
  • Comedy,
  • R,
  • 90 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Ti West, Mike Brune, Frank V. Ross, Michael Gaertner, Kristin Davis, Jim Cibak, Alicia Van Couvering, Joe Swanberg, Michael Zeller, Roberta Chung, Susan Pfeifer, Sam Slater, Callie Stephens
  • Director: Joe Swanberg
  • Writer: Joe Swanberg
  • Producers: Paul Bernon, Andrea Roa, Sam Slater, Joe Swanberg, Alicia Van Couvering
  • Co Producers: Chris Modoono, Alex Witherill
  • Executive Producers: Ashley Bernon, David Kaplan, Jessica Klapman, Anish Savjani, Mike Witherill
  • Art Direction: Akin McKenzie
  • Casting: Mark Bennett
  • Costume Design: Amanda Ford
  • D.O.P.: Ben Richardson
  • Editor: Joe Swanberg
  • Makeup: Amy L. Forsythe
  • Production Design: Brandon Tonner-Connolly
  • Set Decoration: Jennifer Herrig


Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). And Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage. The answer to that question becomes crystal clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alone for a weekend.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Chicago, USA; Lone Pine, USA; Vancouver, Canada
  • MPAA Warning: Language throughout
  • Production Budget: $900,000
  • Production Companies: Burn Later Productions
  • Production Schedule: 28 July 2012 - August 2012

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2013 Guide Analysis: "A new rom-com from SXSW fave Joe Swanberg ("Uncle Kent") which has considerable commercial appeal. Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston star in this story which follows two beer geeks, Luke and Kate, who are inseparable friends and work together at a Chicago brewery. Despite their obvious attraction to each other, he has a live-in girlfriend and she romances an older music-producer boyfriend. What ensues is a film exploring relationship politics in the age of texting, and it's all apparently improvised according to Kendrick. With Swanberg's past experience, not to mention "Beasts of the Southern Wild" cinematographer Ben Richardson doing the visuals, this should be good."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 8 November 2013: UK