What would happen if you took fairy tales and jostled them together as if they were the stories of a community? Each neighbor would have a tale, but each tale would segue or impinge or depend on the lives of others in the village. The result would be a melange of magic and mayhem.
Director Joe Swanberg's "Drinking Buddies" hinges its story on Kate. She works at a Chicago microbrewery, hangs out with her fellow male workers and settles in comfortably off hours with her boyfriend. She's attractive and personable but also needy and dependent. As she ricochets from one relationship to grasp at another, Kate reveals a touching, suppressed vulnerability.