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We Are the Best! (2014)

We Are the Best! (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Sweet, empathetic, and shot through with a palpable joy, We Are the Best! offers a tender tribute to the bittersweet tumult of adolescence.

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WE ARE THE BEST! is Moodysson's adaptation of his wife Coco's graphic novel about three young misfits growing up in early '80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara (Mira Grosin) and her best friend Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments-or discernible musical talent-the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) as the third wheel. With tender affection for his young characters and the period in which his film is set, Moodysson paints an ebullient and sharply observant portrait of DIY spirit and growing up different. (c) Magnolia

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Cast

Alexander Karlsson
as Himself (uncredited)
David Dencik
as Klara's Father
Anna Rydgren
as Bobo's Mother
Peter R. Eriksson
as Bobo's Father
Lena Carlsson
as Klara's Mother
Emrik Ekholm
as Klara's Younger Brother
Anne-Sophie Rase
as Hedvig's Mother
Lily Moodysson
as Hedvig's Younger Sister
Ylva Olaison
as Youth Recreation Leader
Kaj Ahlgren
as P.E. Teacher
Steve Kratz
as Santa Claus
Edvin Ottosson
as Iron Fist
Petter Andersson
as Bobo's Mother's Friend
Danilo Bejarnao
as Bobo's Mother's Friend
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All Critics (119) | Top Critics (32)

A pallid and terminally cutesy movie that succeeds by stoking blandly happy feelings.

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

We Are the Best! is the rare film about childhood friendship that seems to take place inside the world of children, not filtered through an adult scrim of nostalgia.

Full Review… | July 21, 2014
Slate
Top Critic

The whole thing is very smart and sweet, as are the performances.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
Dallas Morning News
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This is a knowing film, and a liberating one.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Arizona Republic
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The young actresses are flawless, and their ear-banging music, which remains awful throughout the film, is nonetheless full of static electricity.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A note-perfect coming-of-age story masquerading as a Behind the Music documentary

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
San Diego Reader
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Director Lukas Moodysson has an interesting perspective on friendship and family in this, his newest film from the country of Sweden. What exceeds expectations is Moodysson's grasp of the real life complexities and little forms of happiness in daily life. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/4/25/we-are-best

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

You want to have a blast at the movies? You know you do. Want to catch something completely off the radar that'll bring sheer joy and an anarchic spirit into your lives? WE ARE THE BEST is that film, the kind that'll make you wanna get a mohawk and bash the sh*t out of the nearest guitar. I've enjoyed the films of Lukas Moodysson (TOGETHER, SHOW ME LOVE, and LILJA 4-EVER), and here, adapting his wife Coco's graphic novel, he uses his populist story-telling sense and keen grasp of the absurdities of life to tell the story of 3 thirteen-year-old girls forming a punk band in early 80's Stockholm. Our main characters are Klara (hilarious, saucer-eyed Mira Grosin) and Bobo (the droll Mira Barkhammar), two best friends who are out of control in that believable young teen way. They skip out on their parents to go drink and smoke at a party or pull pranks at the local community center. It's here where they eject a legitimate band from the music room and start thrashing away on the available instruments. Almost completely lacking in talent, the girls enlist their serious, Christian classmate Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) who has genuine musical talent and an unruly mane of hair just waiting to get SID AND NANCY'd. What I loved about Klara and Bobo is the enthusiasm and slight lunacy in which they form their friendship with Hedvig. One minute they're learning chord progressions and the next they're almost assaulting their new friend. Even when things go wrong, you're reminded how young they are, and like infants, they bounce back mighty quickly from their boo-boos. It's this resilience of spirit that drives the film and makes it shine. Moodysson shoots the whole thing Cinéma vérité style, giving the film a true documentary sense of immediacy. There isn't a moment in this film that feels like he's fetishsizing the 80s with overly composed frames or garish pops of color. This is closer to how the 80s really felt with its internet-free, dial telephone levels of boredom. It's the true atmosphere in which a young kid would want to rebel. While simple to adult viewers, you get the sense that every adventure the girls take is monumental to them, whether it's flirting with young guys from another band (a great sequence on a rooftop with haunting, wintry imagery) or playing their first gig. I fully believed that this is how young girls actually speak and interact. Grosin and Barkhammar form such a delightful bond, that you just want to listen in on their phone conversations forever. Looking like little boys, they're two sides to punk - one is outrageous and the other is eternally annoyed. Writing songs like "Hate The Sport", because, well, they hate their gym teacher, the girls' point of view is perfectly captured. The character of Hedvig is tricky, as she evolves from an almost puritanical figure to something quite lovely. She grows on you in a wonderful way. Same goes for the film. It doesn't matter that they never really improve as musicians. They're too busy making lifelong memories to care. Kinda makes you want to form your own band, eh? Kinda makes you want to form your own band, eh?

Glenn Gaylord
Glenn Gaylord

Super Reviewer

A coming of age film about three misfits' attempt to form an all female punk band despite everyone else believes "punk is dead." I personally dislike the film due to the socialist, feminist and anti-theist messages, but the acting great even though it is always risky to use young actors as the main characters. I cringed quite a few times as I watched the characters doing stupid things that typical liberals do e.g. looting, mooching and lying from such a young age. We Are the Best is nostalgic but that's all there is for this film to offer. (The music was horrible so viewer discretion advised).

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

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