This movie hit my sweet spot. I love these kind of movies, strong character driven comedy-dramas with little plot to no plot. It’s low key, it’s funny, and it has a great realistic/human vibe to it that I really connected to. The turns in the movie are good, you think it’s going to go one way and then it goes another which is refreshing and if you like these kind of ensemble pieces you should see it.
A mere peak into the social conventions of this group have you yearning for more as the credits roll. It completely immerses you into their lives and relationships with such a raw atmospheric tone to the cinematography and acting.
No heroes or villains, just people, relationships and finding out what makes them tick. The majority of my favourite comedy dramas resist the urge to create a moral hierarchy of people. Every character here sways between courage and cowardice, principle and foolishness. I love narrative journeys like this where the emphasis is less on the denouement and more on progressions of each moment.
Drinking Buddies is an awful dramedy but an excellent documentary on douchebags. It was probably an interesting experiment from a filmmaking standpoint I can't remember the last time I gave less of a shit about the people I was watching onscreen. A big pile of dullness.
Good characters, naturalistic tone, and lots of beer make for a quality experience. Watching Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde get closer and closer to romance made me nervous, and the plot was typically thin, but this was a movie that reveled in moral ambiguity.