We Are Your Friends Saturday, 11 July 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)


    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.


    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).


    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.


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


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


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


    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.


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

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