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We Are Your Friends

6/10
Romance . Music . Drama
 

Young Cole Carter dreams of hitting the big time as a Hollywood disc jockey, spending his days and nights hanging with buddies and working on the one track that will set the world on fire. Opportunity comes knocking when he meets James Reed, a charismatic DJ who takes the 23-year-old under his wing. Soon, his seemingly clear path to success gets complicated when he starts falling for his mentor's girlfriend, jeopardizing his new friendship and the future he seems destined to fulfill.

 
Actors: Jonny Weston , Miranda Rae Mayo , Vanessa Lengies , Jon Bernthal , Shiloh Fernandez , Jon Abrahams , Alessandro Lindblad , Nick Rotteveel , Wes Bentley , Emily Ratajkowski , Zac Efron
Directors: Max Joseph
Country: UK , FRANCE , USA
Release: 2015-08-28
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  • David Ehrlich

    [An] enormously fun late-summer surprise.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A study in intoxicants: drink, drugs, youth and Emily Ratajkowski. All four are potentially dangerous, yet nearly impossible to leave alone.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    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.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Jon Frosch

    We Are Your Friends is predictable, sometimes tacky, but the energy is unflagging, the eye candy plentiful and writer-director Max Joseph (making his feature debut after hosting MTV’s Catfish) brings sincerity and a skillfully modulated sweetness to the material.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Gregory Ellwood

    What makes “We Are” worth your time is Joseph’s skill in conveying the euphoria of dance music in the context of an actual movie.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The musical sequences throb with energy and this allows We Are Your Friends to maintain its trajectory when its momentum flags.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Laura Beeston

    If you suspend your disbelief for some of the weaker plot points and unnecessary use of the c-word, the film is palatable.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    Joseph's direction offers up an energetic take on the material, incorporating text visualization, quick-cutting montages, and creative uses of animation to bring the thumping electronic music to cinematic life.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    As Zac Efront's Cole tiptoes away from his past, the film keenly observes a character who doesn't know how to secure his future, or his identity.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    The big finish doesn’t quite land, but in fairness, it’s hard to make standing at a laptop mixing tunes look like a triumph. Still, for teens who can’t wait to be 20, this will get ’em on their feet.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Remake The Graduate today, and an adult might corner Benjamin Braddock and whisper, "Startups." Debut director Max Joseph gives that a good shot, though the result — the EDM-fueled, drug-laced dream-crusher We Are Your Friends — is so sweaty and silly people may not notice.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Hughes

    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.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It’s not as terrible as the premise suggests, thanks to some flourishes on Joseph’s part and an intriguing performance by Wes Bentley. Efron’s absurdly winning persona doesn’t hurt, either.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    The movie is visually inventive and with enough good moments and smart moves to never be entirely dismissible, while not strong enough to overcome its essential thinness.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nicole Herrington

    The action slowly builds and breaks down, with dance beats kicking in periodically. Not much resonates here; it’s all facile entertainment.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Devan Coggan

    The film fakes emotion with flashing lights and a pulsing soundtrack, and before Cole realizes the music was in him this entire time (ugh), the story falls flat

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    It’s worth remembering that movies can have soul, too, if their filmmakers are willing to do the work to find it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    The makers of We Are Your Friends got halfway there, and then lost the beat.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Talk about a mediocre mash-up. Much of We Are Your Friends plays like an Electronic Dance Music update of a very good John Travolta movie — “Saturday Night Fever” — with a liberal sprinkling of plot elements from a quite terrible Tom Cruise movie called “Cocktail.”

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Ultimately too busy fracturing his story’s focus and indulging in gimmicky textual graphics to really tap into either Hollywood’s or electronica’s magnetic appeal, Joseph’s debut proves to be a film with mood to spare but nothing much to say.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    We Are Your Friends” has its heart in the right place, and it’s shrewd and cuddly enough to get a few likes. But it would be an infinitely better movie if it sustained the sort of trancelike sonic ecstasy that turns fans into fanatics.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Besides Bentley’s performance, the only thing “We Are Your Friends” has going for it is the occasional directorial flourish, with words on screen or characters addressing the camera or that painterly drug trip. These jolts are few and far between, but they’re most welcome when they arise.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    As with "Catfish," Joseph is there with his soulful handheld camera-bobbing, trying to convey the pensive thoughtfulness of a person who may not be thinking all that much. And as with "Catfish," the audience catches on long before anyone on screen.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    The feature debut of director Max Joseph can occasionally be as entrancing and euphoric as the pulsating dance songs on the soundtrack. But even an empathetic performance from Zac Efron (and an impressive, nuanced turn from Wes Bentley) can’t distract from a movie that mistakes surface flash for probing, zeitgeist-y insights.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    While I might actually go out and buy the soundtrack album, the last thing I’m gonna say about the movie is friends shouldn’t let friends pay money to see We Are Your Friends.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    What hurts is that filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love did it better just a few months ago in "Eden," about the French house movement since the 1990s. In this movie, James tells Cole the ideal EDM track would work up the heart-rate of the crowd to 128 beats-per-minute. We Are Your Friends never even gets us to break a sweat.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    We Are Your Friends has no heartbeat. It flatlines, early on.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Caitlin Moore

    By the end, though, the original bits fade as easily as one song bleeds into another.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    It keeps its distance in the emotional depiction of its relationships, particularly the friendships among the Valley Boy quartet.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    Perhaps it's for the best that We Are Your Friends doesn't try to appeal to anyone outside its stars' own kind. Fewer people will have to see it.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The movie takes something primally appealing and attempts to explain it, fetishize it, turn it into something deeper and more dramatic than it is.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
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