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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.


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

28 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled DJ Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,767,308, 30 August 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,590,010, 20 September 2015
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film grossed an average $758 from 2,333 theaters in its opening weekend. Due to the film's disastrous box office receipts, Warner Bros. canceled the Blu-ray release and instead, released the film on standard DVD. Overall, this was the fourth worst debut for a film with a 2,000+ theater average. It was surpassed later in 2015 by Rock the Kasbah (2015) ($731 average) and Jem and the Holograms (2015) ($570), both of which opened on October 23, 2015. See more »


In the pivotal jogging scene, Cole runs past the transformers then the house with the flag. But when his phone dies, he turns around and runs back the way he came. Only instead of the sequence being reversed, he runs past the transformers first again and then the house. 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 »


Referenced in Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Gray Star Mutual (2018) See more »


You & Me
Performed By Bassnectar ft. W. Darling
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We Are Your Friends has a great story, but it's not the direction the movie chose to follow.
9 February 2016 | by Andrew GoldSee all my reviews

I was expecting to detest this movie, and I'm happy to say that I found some enjoyment in We Are Your Friends. I'm not too big on EDM; I love some of it, dislike most of it, but this movie actually painted the genre/scene in an interesting light. They add a human element to the otherwise processed and compressed music, and it's pretty captivating. At least those scenes are. Where the movie fails can be attributed to its title. We Are Your Friends shouldn't have been about friendship or having each others backs or whatever they were trying to go for because that is by far the weakest element of the movie. Zac Efron is great in the lead role, but his friends are complete throwaway characters. I didn't care about any of them. There is one scene near the end where the friend arc almost pays off, but even then it's not worth all the wasted minutes building up these characters when there's a far more interesting story that's going to waste.

The story I'm referring to involves Wes Bentley's character James who is a washed up DJ that kind of fell from grace and is now living off royalty checks and he ends up being the person who teaches Cole (Efron) how to make electronic music effective. I really enjoyed Bentley in this role. In fact, the whole trifecta of Efron, Bentley, and Emily Ratajkowski is what made the movie watchable. Bentley being the mentor character who is fighting a lot of inner demons, Efron being the ambitious musician who is hungry for his big break, and Ratajkowski showing off her acting talent as the assistant/girlfriend to Bentley's character who ends up falling for Efron. Even though it sounds like a cliché love triangle, for some reason it works. There's tension between these characters - you care about the friendship between James and Cole, but you also recognize their faults and why Emily's character is torn in her position. They make for some pretty powerful scenes.

But again, this potential is muddled underneath a bunch of Hollywood crap. There's a throwaway plot about the gang working for a real estate agency, there's an attempt at a moral to being true to yourself in order to make it big, there is just a bunch of predictable nonsense that clutters this film which is a shame. Believe me, I was not expecting to have any nice things to say about We Are Your Friends, but there is definitely something here. The fact is that the goodness in the movie is a diamond in the rough, and sadly, this diamond isn't worth all the rough.

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