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Rated R · 90 minutes · 2013
Olivia Wilde plays Kate, a microbrewery employee in a relationship with an OK but perhaps mismatched guy (Ron Livingston). Luke (Jake Johnson) is her co-worker, the perfect guy for her, but he is in a relationship with a nice girl (Anna Kendrick) that also doesn’t seem to be a perfect match. Writer-director Joe Swanberg takes this well-worn premise and does something altogether wonderful, funny and original with it. Wilde is a revelation in the main role. She’s had a lot of showy Hollywood roles and this is by far her most naturalistic and best movie effort to date. She’s sweet, funny and just a little messed up. Johnson, so good in Safety Not Guaranteed, is equally good here, making Luke a more complex character than he first appears. Kendrick and Livingston are good in the less showy but equally important supporting roles. This is one of the summer’s more pleasant surprises. Swanberg has a funny cameo, and you might recognize him if you are one of the 12 people who went to see You’re Next.
Director: Joe Swanberg
Producer: Paul Bernon, Sam Slater, Andrea Roa, Joe Swanberg, Alicia Van Couvering, Mike Witherill, Ashley Bernon, Jessica Klapman, David Kaplan, Anish Savjani and Olivia Wilde
Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Ti West, Mike Brune, Frank Ross and Callie Stephens

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Portland Mercury Just Friends Drinking Buddies poses the eternal question: Is it possible to be "just friends" with Olivia Wilde? by Alison Hallett 08/28/2013

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