Sunday, August 4, 2013

Drinking Buddies

Just a few days ago, I came across the trailer for a new movie called 'Drinking Buddies'. The trailer had everything I loved, and so, last night, instead of waiting for it, I actually put forth the $10 and downloaded through iTunes.

Here, before we go any further, is the trailer:

Alright, so... the movie. I liked it. a lot. It follows in the same vain as a lot of Magnolia Produced pictures, in that it has a very REAL vibe. You know these people, or maybe you ARE one of these people. This is why I like Magnolia films. They are Real, they are Awkward, they can make you bored or uncomfortable at times, because SHIT, You've done that and its not ended well, or you thought about that, or you watched your friend go through that, etc. This one is no different.

The chemistry between the two main characters of Kate and Luke is very real. Very playful. The situation they are living in is also one you see around you a good deal (or maybe I do? I guess not everyone lives this sorta life...). Overall, I just enjoyed the film, and the problems it was going though, and then, in one of the final scenes, it hit home.

The two main characters get into a fight, that I swear, I have almost had word for word. Were the circumstances different? Absolutely. Was the fight overall about something different? YES. But where some of the exact words and phrasing that were being said.... Let's just say, did I feel like I was being directly quoted? YES. how did it make me feel? wretched. Here's why: Have you ever had to take a communications class in college, and when giving your speech, you are filmed? The purpose being that later you will go back and watch that film of yourself and have a whole new outlook on how you present yourself. It's pretty shocking. (at least it was for me... My voice is high! I have a lisp! I fidget constantly! I gesture with my hands ALL THE TIME, etc). you notice things that ultimately, when inside your own head, you just overlook about yourself.

Without giving spoilers I will set the scene up a bit: Luke (the main male character played by Jake Johnson) is helping his BFF Kate (Played by Olivia Wilde) move from one apartment to another. A few bad circumstances come upon them (which up until this moment everything had been fun! Lighthearted!) and you get to see how each in turn reacts. I immediately had problems with how Kate was reacting. Now, did she react wrong? no. She didn't. I think overall though, it hit me so wrong because I saw shades of myself. And then, the conversation (fight) that ensues near the end of this long scene...solidified my feelings of disliking her behavior, coupled with the fact that I HAVE DONE THE EXACT THING. That is something that is hard to swallow. Even as I write this, I want to defend her behavior, and mine in turn. And of course there are parts of me that know the underlying reasons for the behavior ARE justified. But, if i am to be honest with myself, the actions that are taken to justify that behavior are ridiculous. And so, I am writing this.

have you even watched a movie and seen something you did (even if so small) that made you rethink your own behavior?

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