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Kill Your Friends

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Cynical, unfunny, depressing mess about greed and murder.

Movie NR 2016 103 minutes
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Sometimes bad behavior can be entertaining, but in this cynical story of the music industry, it's simply depressing. There's no vicarious thrill, no exhilaration, only uninspired, unpunished meanness. It calls to mind The Wolf of Wall Street, which cooked up a frenetic, intoxicating pace, as well as American Psycho, which was genuinely alluring and shocking at the same time. But KILL YOUR FRIENDS is none of these things. It goes too far into cynicism but not far enough into titillation. It doesn't even feel like satire.

Hoult is a fine actor, and he does what he can here, but Steven is just reprehensible enough to push viewers away. He's not funny, his crimes have no set-up and no payoff, and his activities in the music business mean nothing; he's not particularly excited or repelled by any kind of music, and not even the soundtrack with hits of the day (Blur, The Prodigy, Oasis, Radiohead, etc.) can help. In fact, it almost makes you want to never listen to music again.

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