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16 Reasons Why You Should Rent Drinking Buddies Tonight

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | July 25, 2013 | Comments ()


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Drinking Buddies, which was one of our very favorite movies from the SXSW Film Festival this year, was released on VOD, iTunes, etc. today meaning that if you're at home reading this you could watch it right now. Lucky you. I wish I were seeing it for the first time. The delightfully low-key movie not only features two actors from this year's Pajiba 10, but it's one of the very best works of improvisation I've ever seen. That's right. No script folks. That dialogue is 100% generated by the actors. At SXSW this year, Jake Johnson described the process as "controlled chaos." The result is a refreshingly naturalistic representation of young(ish) adulthood and the fluid line between close friendship and something more. All the lead players are charming as hell and the film is just the perfect blend of brainy, emotional honesty and sloppy drunken fun. In short, it was made just for you, Pajibans. Knock it back tonight. I insist.

Because This Unreasonably Attractive Cast Spends Half The Movie Being Sweatily Disheveled
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Because It Was Put Together By Some Goddamn Professionals
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Because You Can Consider Your Viewing A Subtle Tribute To Jason Sudeikis' Official Departure From "SNL"
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Because Of That Time Anna Kendrick Accidentally Got Drunk During Filming
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And It's This Scene Right Here And You Can Totally Tell
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Because Somehow, Against All Odds, These Two Look Great In Even The Worst Hipster Clothing And Terrible Depression Beards
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Because You'll Wonder Why All Of Your Hikes Don't End With Wine
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Because It Will make You Feel Marginally Better About Your Own Drinking Habits...Marginally
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Because Jake Johnson May Be Funny, But He's No Joke. This Is Another Knock-Out Performance In The Vein Of Safety Not Guaranteed
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Because...Well...She's On Our Pajiba 10 For A Reason
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Because, Dear God, Why Wasn't She On Our Pajiba 10?
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Because Of Jake Johnson's Filthy Feet
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Because Ron Livingston Isn't In This Movie Enough, But A Little Livingston Goes A Long Way
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Because Director Joe Swanberg Says He Drew His Inspiration From Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice...Which Is A Great Flick
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Because You Can't Fake This Kind Of Chemistry
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Because We've All Done Stupid, Drunken Things But We Rarely Look As Good Doing It
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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • okayflint

    this movie needs to be retitled "Olivia Wilde's character eats 40 times a day" this movie was just that. Eating and drinking heavy beers, over and over again. over and over over and over

  • I would make out with anyone in this movie. And hurray for the craft brewery cameo!

  • melissa82

    My problem with this is that it's $9.99 to rent for 48 hours....and I'd be viewing it on my laptop. For ten dollars. No. (what? I watch my dollars and cents!)

  • That's two beers out at the bar. Is it really such a burden? Wait, I'm guessing this movie demands a six pack accompaniment, in which case we're now talking $25, without food. Wait, how do I know this?

  • melissa82

    Oh I have the beer in my fridge (it's DEFINITELY going to be accompanied by a six pack) - I'm just annoyed it's now $9.99 to rent a movie online. That seems a bit outrageous. I'll wait a little while til that drops, and part of me hopes most people do because I don't want that to be the new normal...

  • If you have a date, it's $4.99 per person; laptop-enforced cuddling. Wait, how do I know this?

  • melissa82

    So you're suggesting I view this with a drinking buddy? I like your style.

  • Conor

    Anyone know where us schlubs in The Old World can get our hands on this little number?

    I love all these actors, for decidedly different reasons and this looks great.

  • John W

    Olivia Wilde. Nuff Said.

  • She is rocking it out right now. Clearly having fun - maybe Cowboys and Aliens was her rock bottom, paired with divorcing her Italian count (seriously, who marries an Italian count?) - and choosing to do things that are good to be part of. Plus, how fun was she in Butter?

  • MichaelEhrgott

    Nice. Gonna watch it tonight with my lady and some IPAs. It's on Netflix right?

  • foolsage

    It is not, sadly. It's available for purchase via iTunes and YouTube.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    You know when the media keeps pushing someone down your throat as the greatest thing in forever and you clench your teeth and refuse to swallow? That's Anna Kendrick to me.

    I've got nothing against the woman and I can clearly see she's moderately attractive in a sea of beautiful actresses but... meh.

  • Tinkerville

    Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson are in a movie together?! What's with the full article, that's all you had to say..

  • How could you end this post without this gif? http://cdn.uproxx.com/wp-conte...

  • Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson will be getting random people contact-pregnant through people who have seen the movie.

  • Jake Johnson calling Anna Kendrick by her last name is perfect.

  • jaimejoshi

    A little Livingston goes a long way...and a lot goes even further. The fact that a man can be THAT attractive without causing some sort of massive seismic shift in the universe boggles the mind.

  • lowercase_ryan
  • You're such a boy scout.

  • toblerone

    Rent? No Theatrical run?

    Olivia Wilde really is Box Office Poison.

    **ALSO enough with 8000 Gifs in one post already. They should only be used for effect.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth
  • Guest

    Eli, tell the man what's what please.

  • Sorry, next time we'll be sure to break it into two pages. That will make everyone happy.

  • BlackRabbit

    Dude, do you even gif?

  • L.O.V.E.

    For "effect"?! Um, I'm being gif(ted) Anna Kendrick holding things, and smiling with her mouth agape, and its having an "effect", ok? Also, I will not ever get tired of beer gifs. See below:

    http://beerlabelsinmotion.tumb...

  • toblerone

    And is Ron Livingston some kind of horrible looking monster? Why no photo in the post header?

    He's married to Rosemarie Dewitt for chr*stsakes.

  • He is?! That's...that's too much talent/charm in one household.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Oh is that how gifs should be used? Thanks for letting me know!

  • annie

    I love gifs. I can never get enough gifs. In fact, I think you don't use nearly enough gifs. I would like more gifs, please.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    WHAT, were you sick the day 'making lists' was covered? It's like you didn't even GO to internet posting school!

  • LaineyBobainey

    Yeah, Joanna, just stop doing everything WRONG! Just, you probably BREATHE wrong! Gahd.

  • Deidra

    It's true. What in the world could replace multiple subtitled gifs? Hmmmm.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Xochitl Herrera Villarreal

    Some of us can't watch youtube at work. So I appreciate Joanna's multiple gifs.

  • Deidra

    That's true. In which case:
    http://www.younghollywood.com/...

  • Joe Grunenwald

    ....urge to twist 'Joanna's multiple gifs' into something inappropriate...rising...

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