What's going on, Zac? No, seriously. What's up? Are you feeling okay? Do you need to lie down or something? I mean, I can run down to the store and buy you an aspirin if you want one? No? Oh, okay. Well, maybe it's best for you to just take a seat for a little bit. Get that oxygen you need, maybe even a bit of water. I honestly feel a little sorry for you. Hangovers are the worst. You do one good movie, feel like shit the next day, and then to cure your hangover you stupidly decide to do this. Sorry, man. Maybe next time it'll work out.
I know this part of the review is usually where I give you a general rundown of the plot of this movie, but We Are Your Friends doesn't necessarily have too much of a plot to summarise. It's a film that just sort of.... I don't even know. The protagonist of the film is Cole Carter (Zac Efron), a 23 year old wannabe DJ living in California. He's all like "hey, I want to be a DJ." And his friends are all like "hey, we have our own ambitions." So he's like "well, I don't care because I want to be a DJ and there's nothing you can do about it." So they're all like "well, shit, dude. You've got us there. Let's help you out." So Zac's all like "thanks, guys. Aren't friends the best? I'm totally going to ditch you all in 20 minutes time." And then a few things happen involving DJs or whatnot. I don't really know. I was too busy watching Zac Efron take his shirt off. I'm straight, but damn, boy. He's got a lot of muscle under that shirt of his.
Many films can get away with doing absolutely nothing. In fact, if you look through a lot of classic films, most of them are literally about people talking to each other. It can be exciting to watch. In We Are Your Friends, there's absolutely no excitement whatsoever. It's a film about nothing and it achieves nothing, completely wasting my time, although hopefully not yours. We follow Zac "please forget that I was in High School Musical" Efron's journey from a party boy to, well, a famous party boy. By the end of the film he's not changed one bit. As a matter of fact, none of his friends are, so that's a bit disappointing.
As this 96 minute movie goes on, and trust me when I say it will feel a lot longer than 96 minutes, my attention span gradually decreased, eventually getting to a point where I just gave up following along with what was happening. Although that's not to say much was happening. The film starts out pretty watchable, setting up a story that's familiar, but promising, only to throw in more and more clichés every couple of minutes until it got to a point where I could literally tell you, in detail, what's going to happen in a few minutes time. And the funny thing is that I was always right.
The film tries to tell us so many things about art and friendship and how we should be living our lives, yet the film isn't even good enough to not do the things it's telling us not to do. The friends are given minimal screen time, these characters never change their lifestyle and worst of all, the film is constantly hammering in that we shouldn't borrow other people's techniques and that we should create our own, yet nothing about this movie is fresh. It's 96 minutes of borrowed techniques. Way to go, people. Way to freaking go.
That being said, the cast and crew do try their best. Director Max Joseph does manage to give a certain rhythm to the first act of his film, although this rhythm is soon forgotten, replacing stylised shots with slow motion zoom ins on Emily Ratajkowski's breasts as she dances to the music. Her performance is fine, but really, she's just there for eye candy. Half of her scenes are shot from the neck down and I wish that was a joke. The real star of this movie is Zac Efron, and I'm glad that's not a joke. He's excellent in the role, creating a believable character in a believable world, even if half of his lines are absolutely cringe worthy.
To sum up, We Are Your Friends is a 96 minute bore that starts out reasonably energetic, but quickly looses that energy and replaces it with slow motion dancing. There's a line that goes "that's the best part. The moment before it starts." That's one very truthful line as it can be applied to this exact movie.