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We Are Your Friends Cert 16

Published 31/08/2015 | 02:30

it is testimony to Zac Efron's likeability that, having been forced to endure all High School Musical films repeatedly, my soul does not curdle when I see him. He seems nice, he submits to ridicule on TV shows and yes, he is pretty. I presume he isn't being offered too many very serious roles, but still he has chosen some interesting projects with which to plot his career path from singing and dancing teen star to serious, grown-up actor. And whilst We Are Your Friends is fluffy and predictable it is another clear step on Efron's path.

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Cole (Efron) and his friends Mason (Jonny Weston), Ollie (Shiloh Fernandez) and Squirrel (Alex Shaffer) are childhood friends from (apparently) uncool San Fernando Valley. We meet them at the point in their early twenties where their shiny dreams of stardom are starting to tarnish. During one of the club nights that they promote, and where Cole DJs for free drinks, he meets beautiful Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski) and world-famous DJ James (Wes Bentley) who takes him on a PCP-laced trip and shows him both all he could be and all he does not have. Which includes Sophie who is, it emerges, James' girlfriend.

The plot is entirely predictable, the story arc and character evolutions evident from the beginning. But it's not too long, debut director Max Joseph adds some interesting flourishes and the music isn't bad. Electronic music/Efron fans should enjoy it fine.

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