Parents' Guide to

We Are Your Friends

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Empty, drug-filled drama about quest for music, fame, fun.

Movie R 2015 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

I never thought I'd love, but it's touching and it's the art music

I think that you should watch it with the perspective of your love for music. I love that it talks about the connection of music to the body, soul and spirit.
age 12+

Inspiring, fun, appropriate

me and my kid loved this movie!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski are both extremely attractive people who seem better suited to modeling than acting; they give empty portrayals as empty characters in an empty film. But at least the music is good. WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS is about characters who don't really seem like they would be friends in real life. They have very little in common, and their goals are superficial: fame, fortune, and a good time.

This could have been a great party movie, if it weren't so lethargic and distracted -- or it could have been an inspirational musical, if it weren't so lifeless. It borrows just about every one of its plot twists from other movies, and even if Cole's eventual musical creation is exciting, the conceit behind it is stale. Everything rests on the shoulders of Efron, with his blank expression (he looks the same while attending a funeral and playing music), and Ratajkowski, with her posed, pursed lips. Still, it's likely that skilled actors would have made this shallow material even worse.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 28, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: November 17, 2015
  • Cast: Wes Bentley , Zac Efron , Emily Ratajkowski
  • Director: Max Joseph
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language throughout, drug use, sexual content and some nudity
  • Last updated: April 1, 2022

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