Review | We Are Your Friends (2015)

Review | We Are Your Friends (2015)

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  • Directed by: Max Joseph
  • With: Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski
  • 96 Minutes
  • Português: flag-portugal

Am I a fan of electronic music? Not that much and I really don’t understand why people love that much the tracks produced by these so called DJs/music producers. The beats, the thrills and the joys of hearing tracks that easily become tremendous hits… Nope, I don’t understand the hype nor the love for the genre and I wasn’t either expecting great things from this. We Are Your Friends was for me just another piece of ‘cheap’ entertainment with little potential but I was still expecting to learn something about the music industry by watching it. Well, I was wrong. Besides the electronic tracks that give this movie a modern video-clip look, there’s nothing in it that makes it worth to watch. There’s no fun, no excitement, no empathy and as for the story and characters, nothing is a game-changer here… We Are Your Friends is clearly dedicated for a younger generation, the so called ‘MTV generation’ and besides its target audience, I didn’t see anything that could please the curious viewers.

There’s a forbidden romance, a fight for a dream and crazy parties going on… We Are Your Friends is everything you expect from a ‘teen’ movie about DJs. Here instead of teaching something about the music industry, WAYF is more concerned with the main character’s ambitions (Cole Carter) rather than showing us how hard it is to reach the top and the stardom. Since the movie begins, Cole enters in some sort of luck streak where out of nowhere he stops being the clumsy DJ who plays for free drinks to become best friends with some sort of David Guetta that has a massive amount of fans throughout the world. Cole learns the basics and how to become a great artist while he starts falling in love with his new best friend’s girlfriend, played by Emily Ratajkowski who was one of the causes of Amy/Nick confrontation in Fincher’s Gone Girl. Dreams, loud music and a clumsy story… That’s what you get from watching WAYF. Even with a cool look, it’s hard to conquer the viewer visually because there are several annoying shots in dark clubs surrounded by flashing and colorful lights.

The characters simply don’t matter here, Cole’s friends are dumb guys who are trying to make a living out of the wrong jobs and as for the other fancy DJ and his hot girlfriend that tries to seduce Cole several times they’re just an example of the true hidden message of this movie: Dreams come true if you’re in a luck streak, not if you only work hard for them. WAYF is a mix of parties and confrontations that are caused by selfish reasons like ‘I slept with your girlfriend while you’re helping me changing my life for the better’. Besides the parties and the thrills of the night there’s also a weird side plot about a real estate business that is nothing more than just a scam and the movie is filled with the usual predictable moments from teenage romances. The first cinematic experience of Max Joseph, the guy with the camera from MTV’s Catfish, was therefore not a happy one, drawn in a disappointing plot and in weak characters that don’t compensate the excess of music and parties in the movie. Ultimately WAYF is a ‘video-clip’ about the importance of friendship that actually is successful in representing the union between old friends but despite that it’s just 96 minutes of no fun, no excitement and no empathy.


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