‘Drinking Buddies’ offers romance with a few cold ones

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Drinking Buddies

Can two people be each other’s soulmates and worst-case-scenarios at the same time? For the first half hour or so, “Drinking Buddies” looks like it’s traveling in the well-worn ruts of romantic comedy, “When Harry Met Sally” division. Two witty, attractive young leads (Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson as co-workers at a Chicago microbrewery) snipe at each other in perfect sync; they’re involved in outside romances but we know, even if they don’t, that they’re made for each other. So how long before the inevitable happens?

Writer-director Joe Swanberg is more interested in the evitable, though. He points the movie in directions that defy our expectations, exploring the characters’ immaturity and the entropy of human interaction. With Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston.

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