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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Positive 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.
Violence & Scariness
Couples have intense discussions. A guy gets into a brief brawl over parking spaces.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Plenty of casual swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "p---y," "d--k," and more.
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Products & Purchases
A few Apple products are visible, including iPhones and a Mac computer. An important scene features a U-Haul truck.
Drinking, Drugs & 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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The film can be maddeningly slack at times, but it's rewarding nonetheless. Ambiguity is often the kiss of death for a movie -- that is, if it's mindless and stylized. But in DRINKING BUDDIES, ambiguity isn't just a cinematic device to prevent a filmmaker from making a commitment to a storyline; it's the thread that binds the relationships that are explored here. Kate and Luke adore each other, but they're just friends. (Friends who snuggle, anyway.) But Luke loves his girlfriend, and Kate likes her boyfriend enough ... though she also likes flirting with other guys.
One minute we feel certain about who deserves to be together, but then an exchange or interaction takes the story somewhere else, much like the way life works out in real life. Drinking Buddies is a smart, savvy questioning of male-female friendships, the ties that bind, and the loose ends that prevent outright entanglements.
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