Euphoric yet laced with a melancholy desperation, We Are Your Friends is Hollywood’s take on the quick professional ascent of a 20-something electronic dance music DJ, played by the likable former teen idol, Zac Efron. The plot shifts are bumpy and never get us into the groove, but what the film lacks in content, it almost adequately makes up for with its inspired sequences of sound-fueled elation.
Cole (Zac Efron) is the DJ that seems to know what it takes to be a major DJ — he explains to a girl he likes, and then obliquely to us via voice-over, that the rhythm has to complement and boost that of the audiences’ heartbeats, and that it only takes one magical track to make it big in this industry — and yet he inexplicably has failed to be noticed.
plot is the major problem with this film, which could have been genuinely compelling had it dug beneath the surface of its characters’ seemingly paralyzing inertia. Cole’s ascent is based on the pure will of the screenwriter that feels rushed and wholly superficial. Fortunately, by contrast, director Max Joseph has injected some adrenalin-pumping sequences into his film to flex his creative muscle.
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(Still of Zac Efron in We Are Your Friends. © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)