Focused around the uncomfortably close relationship of co-workers and friends Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde, Drinking Buddies, written and directed by Joe Swanberg, left me sitting on the fence. The narrative feels basic and uncluttered, with not a lot happening in the short running time of 98 minutes, however, that is not necessarily a bad thing. The real draw of the film are the performances from the Wilde and Johnson, and the beautifully-crafted naturalism that only an independent film has the patience to nurture. Yet I can’t help feeling that something was missing.
It’s undeniable that Johnson and Wilde are fantastic here; the writing is good and the film is shot beautifully. I can only put my ambiguity down to the ambiguous conclusion of the film itself. Drinking Buddies is worth a watch but its not going to blow you away.