We Are Your Friends Friday, 03 April 2020

We Are Your Friends

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Are we ever gonna be better than this?

  • Starring:

    Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski, Jonny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez, Alex Shaffer, Jon Bernthal

  • Directed by:

    Max Joseph

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are punched, tackled, pushed, throat-grabbed. A man is threatened playfully with a nailgun, people watch a MMA wrestling match on TV. Object thrown. Footage of a cannon being fired. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Corpse (drug overdose). Bloody eye, lip, scratches. Bruising, scar, split lip. Animation of hearts beating, skeletons, blood flow, brain/nerve function. X-ray scans.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couples have sex in the car/hotel room. Men visit a pole-dancing club. Kissing, caressing, breast-touching, undressing, flirting, ogling, propositioning. Topless women, shirtless men, close-up of female bottom, swimwear, people in underwear, cleavage, underboob. Infidelity. Sexually suggestive dancing, pole-dancing. Porn/porn industry mentioned. References to sex acts/masturbation/fingering. Drawing of nude female (no genitals).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Fatal drug overdose. Drugs smoked/snorted/swallowed/sold (PCP, marijuana, laced drink). Hallucination/trip sequence. Packets of drugs. Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits, sake, cocktails, shots, hip flask). Smoking. Club/rave settings. Spliff, weed, PCP, uppers, downers, screamers, louders, MDMA, blackjack, betting mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Gender stereotyping. Obscene finger gestures. Religious reference and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    DJing, electronic dance music (EDM), subculture, friends, music, home studios, recording, drugs, partying, infidelity, betrayal, real estate foreclosure, personal assistants, sushi.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased friend. Estranged mother implied. Funeral, club settings. Sushi prepared. Lions (on television). Vomiting. Strobe/flash lighting. Vision under end credits, mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fun, energetic, ridiculous, thumping, fast, feel-good, sweet, goofy, entertaining, sweaty, silly, raw, dumb, bro-heavy, earnest. Killer beats, fast editing, underplayed/capable performance from Zac Efron, scene-stealing performance from Wes Bentley, occasional directorial flourishes, unexpectedly moving climax.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Predictable, tacky, flawed, misshapen, mediocre. Clunky subplot, clichéd premises, cardboard characters.

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