<Review by: Sailesh Ghelani>
Directed by Max Joseph. Starring Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski, Jon Bernthal, Jonny Weston, Alex Shaffer, Shiloh Fernandez
A story about how to become a DJ that really only says you have to go through shit to produce shitty electronic music.
Cole Carter (Zac Efron) and his friends are trying to make it big some way or another. Cole in particular wants to become a great DJ. And to do that he must make his one super popular track that will lead him to stardom. He meets his idol beat master James (Wes Bentley) who has now become a drunken loser who manages to pull in the crowds because of his name. His very hot assistant I sleeping with him but you just know that she’s gonna sleep with Cole at some point.
Cole and his friends get into trouble, they fight, they take drugs, they have part time jobs scamming people out of their homes and all the misery and pain teach Cole that he should record the sounds from his day to day life on his mobile phone and then make a music track out of them. Which he does and then as a voiceover he goes on to tell you exactly all of that as the secret to success. No mention of doing a sound engineering course or learning an instrument or hard work or anything like that. I balked at such a simplistic and inane premise.
What the makers of this film were trying to depict we’ll never know. All we know is that Hollywood is making shitloads of shit nowadays when they’re not making rehashes of old TV shows or movies.
What’s with the fucking title: We Are Your Friends? Oh my god, that has absolutely no relevance to the movie at all. There’s no friendship or any semblance of sentimentality towards each other. It sounds like the title of some corny Hindi TV show or movie that’s been translated. If this is what DJs actually do then we’re seriously overpaying them and the youth today have absolutely no taste whatsoever in music.