4.6/10
293
6 user 19 critic

We Are the Freaks (2013)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 April 2014 (UK)
Three misfits embark on a weekend they will never forget.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hers and History (TV Series 2016)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A couple decides to be 100% honest about their sexual past. Every episode, a character travels to a memory and brings their partner with them to witness it.

Stars: Mike Bailey, Lindsey Shaw, Nina Ljeti
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A special ten minute episode begins with the group getting stoned in the country and discussing the seventeenth century political group the Diggers. After this yet another party is planned,... See full summary »

Director: Owen Harris
Stars: Joe Dempsie, Larissa Wilson, Mitch Hewer
Horror

A college girl is brutalized by classmates and then punished by her psychotic brother. Six years later she is invited to a college reunion with her classmates, but when her brother makes an... See full summary »

Director: Phil Taylor
Stars: Sasha Jackson, Mike Bailey, Kevin Leslie
Faulty (2017)
Short | Comedy

One flatmate finds himself in the embarrassing situation of asking his female flatmate if she could check his manhood to stop him worrying.

Director: Tony Hagger
Stars: Sarah Solemani, Mike Bailey
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Jack
...
...
Parsons
...
Killer Colin
...
Elinor
Adam Gillen ...
Splodger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Dr. Stevens
...
Megan
...
Mr. Parsons
...
Desk Sergeant
Natalie Danks-Smith ...
Jack's Mum
Jo Enright ...
Manager
...
Clare
...
Iona
Will Irvine ...
Lead Gazza
Edit

Storyline

Three misfits embark on a weekend they will never forget.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

High octane teen comedy

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 April 2014 (UK)  »

Box Office

Budget:

£625,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Mike Bailey (Parsons) and Sean Teale (Chunks) both appear in 'Skins'. Mike plays Sid in series 1&2 and Sean plays Nick in series 5&6. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An extended version of a not so funny Inbetweeners episode
3 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 Presents:

Director Justin Edgar's 'We Are the Freaks' is a stylish 90s coming of age, comedy drama, showcasing the relationship between three friends (who are all outcasts in society for different reasons) over an eventful weekend that may shape the rest of their lives.

The film starts with a certain style and visual flare as Jamie Blackley commands the screen with charm and charisma, before he unexpectedly breaks through the 4th wall, talking directly to you, the audience, Ferris Bueller style. The opening 20 minutes is full of promise feeling both fresh and innovative as the film quickly draws you in through its lead character, Jack.

We follow Jack (Jamie Blackley) and his two oddball friends, Parsons (Mike Bailey) and Chunks (Sean Teale) on a Friday night that will change their lives.

Each of our three protagonists are misfits or as they see themselves 'Freaks' for one reason or another.

Jack who is from an underprivileged background struggles to achieve his ambitions due to his financial difficulties. The film however over his character as he awaits to hear if he has be awarded a college grant thus allowing him to attend University.

Parsons comes from a stern, claustrophobic and domineering family that have his life fully mapped out for him, regardless of his own views and ambitions. His girlfriend Claire (Rosamund Hanson) also knows what 'best' for him, which all comes to a 'head' in the second act. :P

And lastly there's Chunks (Sean Teale) the oddball, slightly insecure, eccentric, whose privileged background means he doesn't have to work and instead lives on his divorced parents guilty handouts.

We follow this trio of misfits through an eventful Friday night thats full of high-jinks, mishap and realisation.

What started with such promise slowly falls away to becoming rather generic and uninteresting. All the visual flare and creative novelties of the first 20 minutes are all but dropped. Before we even reach the end of the first act the 4th wall seems to have been rebuilt, never to come down again. The punchy repartee of dialogue in the opening sequences also seems to vanish making way for unconvincing and uninteresting word exchanges between characters, followed by throwaway gags and comedic set pieces that we have all seen before.

Michael Smiley (Kill List) offers a captivating performance as Killer Colin. His scenes are pitch perfect and offer the right balance of comedy and fear as we watch this volatile character fill the screen with great delight.

Jamie Blackley who starts strong slowly shrinks as the film progresses. Mike Bailey plays the unsuspecting comic relief, tragedy character but his performance often feels like a half baked impersonation of Will McKenzie from The Inbetweeners. Sean Teale who also starts with promise quickly becomes nothing more than an irritating one dimensional presence on screen.

By the end the film, despite its interesting moments, vibrancy and frequent skillful direction, it just seems to run out of steam. The films lack of commitment to what it's trying to say, ultimately leaves it all feeling a bit flat and essentially playing like an extended version of a not so funny Inbetweeners episode.

In-Short

We Are the Freaks isn't a bad film by any means, it just frustratingly teases us with enough moments of promise, skill and quirk to know there was a far better film in there somewhere. Instead, what we get is nothing we haven't seen a million times before.

For all my other film reviews and movie ramblings head to www.moviereviewworld.com


2 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?