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We Are Your Friends (2015)

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Caught between a forbidden romance and the expectations of his friends, aspiring DJ Cole Carter attempts to find the path in life that leads to fame and fortune.


Max Joseph


Max Joseph (screenplay), Meaghan Oppenheimer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Zac Efron ... Cole
Wes Bentley ... James
Emily Ratajkowski ... Sophie
Jonny Weston ... Mason
Shiloh Fernandez ... Ollie
Alex Shaffer ... Squirrel
Jon Bernthal ... Paige
Alicia Coppola ... Mrs. Romero
Wiley M. Pickett ... Carl
Jon Abrahams ... Nicky
Molly Hagan ... Francine
Brittany Furlan ... Sara
Vanessa Lengies ... Mel
Rebecca Forsythe ... Clarissa
Joey Rudman ... Joey


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. All 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. Written by Warner Bros.

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It's Your World


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug use, sexual content and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Director Max Joseph's fellow Executive Producer Nev Schulman (Catfish: The TV Show (2012)) has a cameo as a Party Guest during the art show scene. See more »


After the bathroom fight, Zoccoli goes from lying on the floor to sitting against the wall in an arbitrary amount of time; James Reid appears to be unphased by this rapid man-oeuvre. See more »


James: Oh, I'm a loser? Says the guy with drug dealer friends and no car.
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Crazy Credits

There's a brief scene during the end credits, where the mother of a house being sold receives Cole's money. See more »


RIVA (Restart the Game)
Written by Klingande (as Cedric Steinmyller), Broken Back (as Jerome Fagnet)
Performed by Klingande feat. Broken Back
License courtesy of Ultra Records, LLC
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Take It For What It Is & You Will Enjoy This
26 August 2015 | by tinyrockergrrlSee all my reviews

EDM Music has become a crazy world of drugs, sex and bass drops. Being an avid fan of this genre well before it become a trendy thing to do, I have definitely been a bit disheartened by how kids treat the scene these days. Instead of the focus being on the music, its on being half naked, rolling on E and hooking up with anything with a pulse (that last part is probably optional). This movie shows all of that (of course) but the focus is on doing something MORE with your life. Its about moving people, being memorable and creating from the heart.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. I smiled and laughed pretty much the entire time. It was quite funny, poking a bit at how ridiculous this "culture" has become but remained true to the spirit of the music. Zac Efron did a really good job at portraying a DJ who really IS all about creating music. All of his "friends" were accurately portrayed because we ALL have that douchey friend, that clueless friend and we know that guy that's just kinda there, hanging out. Wes Bentley was superb as the alcoholic has-been DJ (but come on, its Wes Bentley. He's superb at everything he does). The scenery was spot-on and exciting, taking you on multiple roller-coaster rides of cartoon drug trips, wild dance parties and of course, sexy time. And can I just say, as a women, how much I enjoyed gazing upon Emily Ratajkowski and her glorious boobs?! WHEW!

You must take this movie for what it is. You should probably be a fan of EDM music (or at least music in general) to really enjoy this movie. The screening I was at was full of a much older crowd who seemed genuinely confused. "I thought this was a movie about friendship?" Well, it IS. In a crazy world of drugs, sex and bass drops.

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Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,767,308, 30 August 2015

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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