We Are Your Friends – A Rave Review
We Are Your Friends tells the tale of a young man trying to make it in the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Industry. Although the plot might not have the substance that hard core movie buffs are looking for – you can’t deny the energy and entertainment value this film brings.
Zac Efron plays Cole Carter, a 23 year old DJ from the San Fernando Valley trying to break into the EDM scene. Cole and his group of friends work as low-level promoters at a Hollywood club called the Social, where Cole regularly performs his DJ set. One night at the Social, Cole is introduced to famous DJ/ Record producer James Reed (played by Wes Bentley - the guy with the crazy beard in Hunger Games). The two bond over their love of electronic music and soon develop a mentor-mentee relationship, giving Cole new opportunities to pursue his dream. With distractions such as James’ girlfriend Sophie (played by Emily Ratajkowski from the Blurred Lines music video) and his loyalty to his childhood friends, Cole and James’ professional relationship (and Cole’s musical aspirations) are put to the test.
The title of this movie is taken from a 2006 song from the electronic group Justice, a group who (along with other EDM staples such as Daft Punk & MSTRKRFT) were once in heavy rotation on my iPod in my early 20’s. My appreciation and tolerance of this music genre has declined since, but WAYF had a way of reminding me why I listed to this music back then and, dare I say, made me feel younger. Alternatively, I started to feel older after my reactions to the wild and sometimes reckless lifestyle portrayed by these characters.
Similar to the music playing throughout the film, the visuals play an integral part of this story. The contrasting landscapes of the L.A nightlife and the San Fernando Valley daily life tell a tale of their own. An experience Cole and James embark on in the middle of the film is intensified by an animated sequence, similar to the effects used in A Scanner Darkly, a personal favourite of mine. Plus, I must admit that any movie is easier to watch when it stars attractive people like Ratajkowski & Efron.
Heads up to parents – as part of the career path to being an EDM DJ, Cole and his friends participate in some extracurricular activities that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. I was expecting a more PG version of the partying that accompanies this lifestyle. Although I appreciate the movie for not sugar coating these activities – I found some of the scenes to be a little excessive.
You can catch We Are Your Friends on Execulink’s VOD Channel (ch. 100) from Nov 17th to March 19th .
Andrew Mustard, Marketing Coordinator
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