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DRINKING BUDDIES is brewed with care

20 Jan


Sometimes love is all about timing, Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are co-workers at Chicago brewery. They are best friends that like to drink and flirt with one another, but struggle with romantic feelings because they are dating other people. Writer and director by Joe Swanberg gives a different, but realistic look at relationships that go on in the restaurant industry. Their connection resonated with me, even though I spend my time on the other side of the bar. The actors’ portrayal becomes dynamic when alcohol becomes part of the equation. It looses the characters up and blurs the emotional reactions in the process.  Actions speak louder than words, and this film’s best scenes are those moments of silence. Like most bar relationships, I am left with wishing there was more to it.  Drinking Buddies is brewed with care, but I did not want to order another round.


Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Safety Not Guaranteed is fun, fresh, and much more

21 Feb


Most good films come from a great story, but the script for Safety Not Guaranteed came from a true-life classified ad seeking a time traveling companion. Screenwriter Derek Connolly uses this as his inspiration to write a clever script about a trio of reporters assigned to find the person behind the advertisement and to write a story about him.

Jeff (Jake Johnson) takes on the assignment, but brings two interns along, Darius (Aubrey Plaza) and Arnau (Karan Soni) so they can do all the work while he is trying to “hook up” with an old girlfriend. Darius befriends Kenneth (Mark Duplass), but finds herself questioning her sanity as she begins to believe in this oddball who is convinced he can travel back in time.

Director Colin Trevorrow brilliantly brings Connolly’s characters together with a level of honesty that keeps this comedy from going overboard into the absurd. The film is fun, fresh, and much more than a short advertisement.


Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: B+