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We Are Your Friends (2015)

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Critic Consensus: We Are Your Friends boasts magnetic stars and glimmers of insight, but they're lost in a clichéd coming-of-age story as programmed as the soundtrack's beats.

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Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.
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    R (for language throughout, drug use, sexual content and some nudity)
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    Working Title Films

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Cast

Zac Efron
as Cole Carter
Alex Shaffer
as Squirrel
Alicia Coppola
as Tanya Romero
Molly Hagan
as Francine
Devon Barnes
as Heather
Andrew Bachelor
as King Bach
Rob Silverman
as Valley Hater
Timothy Granaderos
as Preppy Guy #1
Raleigh Adams
as Preppy Guy #2
Ayden Mayeri
as Rich Girl
John Francis Dillon
as DJ Devin Andrews
Casey James
as Bartender
Desi Jevon
as Dancer #1
Ragon Miller
as Dancer #2
Posso
as Art Party DJs
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Critic Reviews for We Are Your Friends

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (37)

A plethora of beats drop but little else of note - musical or otherwise - happens in the Zac Efron DJ fest We Are Your Friends.

Full Review… | August 29, 2015
USA Today
Top Critic

It's the perfect one-last-blast movie for the end of summer.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015
ChristyLemire.com
Top Critic

It's as if a Michael Lewis story or a 1980s Paul Schrader movie were intercepted by studio marketing execs who said, "You should turn Saturday Night Fever into a commercial for SunnyD."

Full Review… | August 28, 2015
Grantland
Top Critic

Director Joseph captures the vital energy and druggie haze of EDM parties, providing a peek into a world not often seen on the big screen.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015
Associated Press
Top Critic

Its poignance comes from the film's desire to treat the aspirations and emotions of its tender-hearted, kinda dim hero seriously while maintaining enough distance to feel wiser and more mature than he is.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015
BuzzFeed News
Top Critic

It's all big, dumb, broad strokes, with plot points visible from miles away. But it works where it matters: The music is fantastic, and the film invests you in its central relationship.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for We Are Your Friends

One of Zac Efron's better movies of late. His portrayal as a deejay trying to be the next big thing and not another brick in the wall is convincing. The music could have done with more licenses tracks but ultimately this coming of age drama is enjoyable.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer

½

An okay party awesomely DJ-ed, Zac Efron's latest drops some block-rocking beats so far as a soundtrack but misses the mark so far as drama by sampling too many other underdog tales. You've seen similar stories countless times before, just not set in the world of Los Angeles MCs. It spotlights as small (and, sadly, forgettable) a microcosm as arm wrestling in Over the Top or skateboarding in Gleaming the Cube, but such meticulous loving care gets afforded the specific craftsmanship that the flick manages to break even. One vervy sequence finds our protagonist losing his earphones and rooting out the natural sounds of the San Fernando Valley before recording and appropriating them into a mega-mix. It seems like small stuff but this process and his philosophy behind beats-per-second elevate the goings-on above Below Average status. Given that his low class friends keep this possible breakout star from making his mark a la Good Will Hunting and a back-stabbing romance threaten his future a la Wedding Crashers, this proves to be no small feat of elevation. In this R-rated drama, aspiring DJ Cole Carter (Efron) finds himself caught between a forbidden romance with the girlfriend (Emily Ratajkowski) of his mentor (Bentley) and the expectations of his friends in his attempts to find the path in life that leads to fame and fortune. Zac Efron, long due breakout success of his own following High School Musical and 17 Again, is in fine form but clearly isn't the star. Once the soundtrack takes over, it's nearly impossible not to step into the ebb and flow of the beat. The soundtrack, boasting cuts from EDM artists including Justice, Tchami, Will Sparks, Dom Dolla, Hayden James, The Magician, Years & Years, AlunaGeorge, Klingande, Seinabo Sey, Gryffin, Deorro, Carnage, Bro Safari and The Americanos, makes the only noise truly worth hearing in this already forgotten distraction. Bottom line: Dub Misstep

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

½

While not the critical disaster that everyone is saying it is, "We Are Your Friends" is not all that good either. Zac Efron leads this film as an aspiring DJ who's passion trumps the needs of his crowd. After befriending a DJ legend, he must impress him while also falling for his girlfriend behind his back. Cliche after cliche, you see the entire film coming, but if you are able to look past how dumb it can be, there is some mild fun to be had here. I enjoyed my viewing of this film, but the only time I would ever give it any kind of recommendation or second viewing, would be during a party when people are only half paying attention. There are a few life lessons in some great character moments and there are some cool Dj sequences, but that is about it. Playing out like an elongated music video, "We Are Your Friends" suffered greatly. A disaster of a film? No, but unless you are few drinks in, I cannot recommend it either.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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