We Are Your Friends (2015)
Cole (Zac Efron) is an aspiring amateur DJ living in Fresno, California. He hangs out with his friends all day, but at night, he dreams of fame that will make him loads of money. When he meets James (Wes Bentley), an experienced DJ who takes Cole under his wing, Cole finds a way to get his foot in the door and is on his way to fulfill his dreams. However, when a romance blossoms between Cole and Jame’s younger girlfriend Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski), Cole has to look at his life and figure out what is most important to him – his love, friends, or career.
We Are Your Friends is a decent attempt at a type of movie that we have seen over and over, at least story wise that is. Sure the aspect of DJ life and computerized music is something that you don’t see in many movies, but the “poor man achieving fame” has been done over and over. Cole is a young adult whose primary focus in life is drugs, girls, alcohol and money. Yes, he has a dream, and sure music is his passion, but the movie doesn’t offer something that will inspire us. I will say that the characters are well-rounded and are worthy of our time, but not that much time.
As expected in any movie that builds its story around the music theme, the story is simple. The movie isn’t that long either so not much is going on in terms of developement or substance. The people who are going to really enjoy this film are people in the music industry but even then, I don’t know. One might hop that in a movie about music, the music would actually be good and memorable, but I don’t see anyone leaving this movie saying “I gotta get this soundtrack!”
At the end of the day, this movie is easily forgettable because it isn’t very deep even though it tries to be. I don’t end think people in the music industry will care much about it but I could be wrong. I don’t fault it for what it attempts, but sadly We Are Your Friends won’t be something I remember in 6 months. Co-starring Alex Shafer, Jon Bernthal, Shiloh Fernandez, and Jonny Weston.
5/10 Stars – Even with a unique theme of DJ life, We Are Your Friends is easily forgettable due to its simple story and unoriginality.