Drinking Buddies

Joe Swanberg, USA 2013, 90’

Love, friendship and tons of beer – what more do you need to be happy? Luke (Johnson) works at a Chicago brewery and faces an impossible choice. Should he break up with his adorable girlfriend, Jill (who prefers wine to beer), to see if a romance would fly with Kate, his best friend and colleague at work (who loves beer above all)?  Since Anna Kendrick plays the former and Olivia Wilde the latter, the decision would be too much for a character in a well-planned romantic comedy. While Joe Swanberg (himself a beer lover) casts Hollywood stars, he works in his usual manner, i.e. without a script, leaving them to improvise in situations he has merely sketched.  He succeeds fabulously, thanks to the tremendous chemistry brewed between the three actors.

Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg (b. August 31, 1981, Detroit) is an independent American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, and actor. Considered the father of the mumblecore genre, his retrospective was featured at the 2011 American Film Festival. Swanberg graduated with a degree in Film Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He also studied  web design, which he used to finance Kissing on the Mouth (2005), his feature-length debut. His second film, LOL (2006), premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. He has produced nearly 20 films and his web series, Young American Bodies (2006), co-produced by his fiancée, is available at

Selected filmography

2005 Całowanie w usta / Kissing on the Mouth

2006-2009 Young American Bodies (serial internetowy / internet series)

2006 LOL

2008 Noce i weekendy / Nights and Weekends (współreż. / co-dir.)

2009 Alexander The Last

2011 Caitlin gra Caitlin / Caitlin Plays Herself

2011 V/H/S (segment „The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger”)

2013 Kumple od kufla / Drinking Buddies


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director Joe Swanberg
screenplay Joe Swanberg
cinematography Ben Richardson
editing Joe Swanberg
sound Nick Biscardi
music editing Chris Swanson
cast Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, Jason Sudeikis
producer Paul Bernon, Sam Slater, Andrea Roa, Joe Swanberg, Alicia Van Couvering
production Burn Later Productions, Rise Entertainment, Dark Arts
sales Sony Pictures Release International
language English
coloration colour
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