DVD Review: We Are Your Friends

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We Are Your Friends, the Zac Efron DJing movie, barely registered as a blip on the summer box office radar. It opened dismally in late August, earning about $1.7 million on more than 2,300 screens. It topped out at just over $3.5 million. Now that it's out on DVD (no Blu-ray for this one) via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will it find a wider audience? I'm not so sure—this one's a real turkey. Maybe with a sense of humor it would've been more tolerable, but as it stands this story of Cole Carter's (Efron) quest to become a killer EDM DJ is dry and dull as can be.

Efron has proven a solidly versatile actor (contrast The Paperboy versus Neighbors), but here he's given but one trait to play: stoicism. At least Wes Bentley gets to flex his chops a bit more as the foreboding established DJ James Reed. James mentors Cole, but a beautiful women gets in the way. That beauty is portrayed by none other than Emily Ratajkowski, the alluring brunette who became a breakout star after her appearance in the music video for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Ratajkowski went onto minor roles in Gone Girl and Entourage, but here she's the female lead. As James' girlfriend Sophie, it's hard to access Ratajkowski's skills as a leading lady because—like so much of writer-director Max Joseph's first non-documentary feature—the character is so thinly written.

Maybe documentarian Joseph should've just made a non-fiction film about the world of EDM DJs, because there's probably great real-life stories to tell. As far as make-believe goes, We Are Your Friends leaves a lot to be desired.

The DVD contains one featurette as a bonus feature: "How Zac Efron Learned to DJ."

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Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear…

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