We Are Your Friends (WAYF) Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Jon Bernthal, Jonny Weston, Jacqui Holland, Vanessa Lengies, Wes Bentley and Music/Deejay movie fans


We Are Your Friends (WAYF) Movie Synopsis

Cole is an aspiring DJ who spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. WAYFFAll of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.

We Are Your Friends (WAYF) Viewer Rating: 3.25/5 ***

We Are Your Friends (WAYF) Movie Review:

I will be lying if I said I didn’t catch this movie on the first day of screening because of Zac Efron. Since High School Musical, this is perhaps the closest he has come to doing something related to music again. As I’ve been dreaming about venturing into the Hollywood, this film is giving me a glimpse of what it is like in Los Angelas without flying there. WAYR Movie StillsZac Efron as Cole Carter, is the young Dj wannabe who aspire to become famous. While he was not as crazy as his friends, the actor-wannabe Ollie (Shiloh Fernandez), big-deal chaser Mason (Jonny Weston), and Squirrel (Alex Shaffer), he was VERY LUCKY to be picked off the alley by famous veteran DJ James Reed (Wes Bentley).

WE ARE YOUR FRIENDSCole reminded me of the in-between kid situation that Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick) was in back in Pitch Perfect. While I anticipated watching the film, I can’t help but be a little disappointed. I mean, it’s pretty good, not wow, but more of an ok-good. So what went wrong and what’s missing? Film Review-We Are Your FriendsLove at first sight? Don’t get me wrong. Emily Ratajkowski as Sophie is gorgeous, especially in her low cut blouse. But she’s definitely not the type who gets guys going ga-ga at the first glance. And her chemistry with Cole somehow seem off and stale.

WE ARE YOUR FRIENDSOn the other hand, it was interesting watching Cole trying to impress Sophie with his scientific theory of getting the crowd up to 128 heart-beats per minute to control the audience’s entire circulation system (which I don’t know how true in the DJ world), and Zac Efron DID control my system at that very moment. I was nodding to the beats, and wanting to get some dance. emily-ratajkowski-zac-efron-zoomI don’t have much to say about the love-triangle between Cole, James and Sophie. It was well performed, I was mildly entertained, and the animation effect achieved by rotoscoping, showed Cole’s hallucinations in an art gallery after he was drugged was interesting enough. Perhaps electronic music wasn’t my cup of tea, other than the track Cole Carter play at James Reed’s pool party and his music festival creation, the rest was forgettable. Better music is needed. At least for me.

we-are-your-friends05One more down side before I go back up, the sudden passing of one of the 4 besties failed to touch me, sad to say, especially when I’m a pretty emotional person. I guess the most right thing about the film was the advice from James Reed to Cole Carter, “Stop being an admirer and find your signature.” This production is a coming-of-age and feel-good music film which I will say yay to the growing up part and the nay to the music part. But of course, for Zac Efron, it’s worth it. πŸ˜› 

Do You Know?

alesso-zac-efronIn preparation for his role as a DJ, Zac Efron received lessons on DJing and mixing from DJ Alesso. Max Joseph Zac EfronMax Joseph was forced to miss out on appearing in the first five episodes of the fourth season of his series, Catfish: The TV Show (2012), in order to direct the film.

There’s a brief post credits scene. πŸ˜‰

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

Check out We Are Your Friends (WAYF)Official Website and Facebook Page!
We Are Your Friends (WAYF) is out in cinemas on 24th September 2015.

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17 thoughts on “We Are Your Friends (WAYF) Movie Review”

  1. I was able to watch this film and I must say I find it really bland. If I were to rate it, I’d probably give it a 2 out of 5

  2. I would be lying too if I said I’ll be watching this movie because of the story it can tell me. Haha! Because definitely, I’ll be watching this because Zac is in there! Haha. Being a DJ looks easy but its as hard as what sales persons do; they need to sell something while DJ’s have to sell their music by making people dance to it. And that’s seriously not an easy thing to do. It would be great to watch the film to also have a glimpse of what a DJ’s life usually look like.

  3. The first thing I thought was Becca from Pitch Perfect too. I know a lot of Zac’s fans, they are a lot! I’m sure this will be a hit whether or not, the story is good. Hehe.

  4. A good movie for teenagers (espcially for girls!) I guess? πŸ™‚ I like Zac Efron way back in High School Musical but after that, nada! Thanks for sharing your review by the way!

  5. Not really an efron fan. And the 3.5/5 may not be so convincing for me. Perhaps the ladies, like you, would be lining up for this because of Zac. haha

  6. Sounds like a movie that teens will go crazy for. Zac’s been doing good with his acting, this is another role that would attest to that.

  7. Haven’t even heard of We Are Your Friends, maybe because I’m not a huge fan of Zac Efron. I think the last movie of his that I saw was hairspray and it wasn’t actually to see him, but John Travolta actually haha. I’m not even familiar with the other cast in this film except for Zac, I’ll try to check this film out though. πŸ™‚

  8. This was shown during a week where there were so many other bigger movies released. I totally missed it. I am glad to know I did not miss much. – Fred

  9. A movie many young people will love – as it seems. Interesting recommendations – it sounds like a movie to watch if you want a break from everything πŸ™‚

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