We Are Your Friends

We Are Your Friends

We Are Your Friends

Zac Efron leads this feature as an aspiring DJ hitting up the Hollywood electronic music scene. Pursuing his craft down to a science, the 23-year-old record-spinner gains the attention of an older DJ. But he also gains the attention of the veteran’s significantly younger girlfriend...

2015Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language96 minsUSA
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We Are Your Friends / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

A film about DJing and electronic music production is off to an immediately problematic start, because song selection and beat matching isn’t fun to watch, and neither is sitting in front of a laptop trying to hatch a banger. On the other hand, what the increasingly tiresome and rapidly overlapping worlds of superstar DJs and EDM have in common is globetrotting celebrity and unbridled hedonism. Barely acknowledging either, We Are Your Friends is instead the rote sort of underdog tale that Hollywood rolls out to cash in on every fad from punk rock to skateboarding.

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Variety

Variety

Efron is the fresh-faced young mixmaster at the center of Max Joseph's brashly entertaining but earnestly predictable EDM soap opera.

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Time Out

Time Out

Crucially, the film never pretends that deejaying is a mystical (or even valid) art form -- Cole just wants to express himself, and Efron taps into the same sad tenderness that made him such a tragicomic revelation in Neighbors.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

If the filmmakers were aiming to mimic the flow of electronic dance music, they succeeded. The action slowly builds and breaks down, with dance beats kicking in periodically. Not much resonates here; it's all facile entertainment.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A return to intriguing form for Zac Efron after the patience-testing trials of That Awkward Moment and Bad Neighbours.

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Stuff

Stuff

A fun, visually engaging "primer" on the sweet science of mixing...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The movie never quite decides if it wants to be a sensitive drama of self-actualization or a playful party movie and ultimately misses the mark on both counts.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Zac Efron makes a convincing bid for movie stardom — and Ratajkowski proves she’s more than just a pretty face — in this flawed but fitfully entertaining film, even if it all goes a bit Pete Tong at the end.

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