Drinking Buddies (2013)
Starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston
Directed by Joe Swanberg
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***
The problem with Drinking Buddies is that the relationships between all four of the central characters are much too obvious. There's no subtlety present -- we know right off the bat Kate and Luke are more compatible than Kate and Chris, and it's obvious that Chris's book-smartish nature fits more with Jill's demeanor. Since the unraveling discord of the relationships never comes as a surprise, the suspense of the story is who will take the plunge and kiss off their significant other first...and that's just not a gripping enough story as presented here, effectively making the ninety-minute runtime feel longer than it should. While the cast tries to sell the story (with dialog that seems improvised...and that's not necessarily a good thing), the supposed comedy that is Drinking Buddies didn't cause me to laugh much at all.
The RyMickey Rating: C-