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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 »
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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 »

Parents Guide:

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UK | France | USA



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 name came from the 2006 Justice vs. Simian song "We Are Your Friends". 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 »


Cole: [narration, last lines] These days, you can invent an app, start a blog, sell shit online. But if you're a DJ, you're gonna need to star with one track. And if it's real enough... and honest enough... And if it's made of everything that's made you... where you come from... who you knew... your history... then you may have a chance a connecting with everyone else. And maybe that's your ticket. To everything. Don't fuck with me, I'm in a good mood. I'm here to inquire about a free piece of pie ...
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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 »


Desire (Gryffin Remix)
Written by Kid Harpoon (as Thomas Hull), Emre Turkmen (as Resul Turkmen), Mikey Goldsworthy (as Michael Goldsworthy), Olly Alexander (as Oliver Thornton)
Performed by Years & Years
Courtesy of Interscope Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not as horrible as I was expecting, but still not all that good. Very Neutral
28 August 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

I went to see the movie because I like another Zac Efon vehicle, That Awkward Moment. The Movie is similar as it's about Efron leading a group of men in their early twenties that really need to grow up, but That Awkward Moment was a hilarious comedy, while We Are Your Friends is more of a satire.

It's not like that other DJ movie, Eden. Both tell the story about the life of a DJ, but we are Your Friends plays out more like 8- Mile, that tells the beginning of Eminem's climb to the top. Efon's character gives a philosophy on being a DJ that I've seen in other movies about music but never about DJing, which was cool.

The movie takes the subject matter seriously, but I feel the movie takes itself too seriously. For the most part its very light hearted but then they attempt to be sophisticated. Maybe this was to explore the full aspect of the scene they live in, but all it did for me was change the vibe too much.

But overall, the trailer made We Are Your Friends look like Efron was playing an A-hole while hanging with his A-hole friends doing A- hole things, but the movie itself was much better than that, but not much better.

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