dws1982 wrote:Yeah it definitely had that air of failure about it, especially after it opened to what was the worst PSA ever or something (I think another movie "beat" it to that distinction a few weeks later). The story itself is fairly conventional, but it's just alive and exciting and (surprisingly, for me) moving in ways that so few films are. In terms of age, I'm closer to Wes Bentley's washed-up DJ than the younger guys (Efron's character is around 23) here, but its portrayal of that mid-20's conflict over what you want to do vs. what you're "supposed" to do hasn't been portrayed this well in quite awhile. The use of music is just great as well--so few movies blend music and image as well as this one does. I hope this becomes a cult video (or Netflix) hit in the next few years, because I sure think it deserves to.
Don't know if that made much of a case for it, and I wouldn't be shocked if no one here even liked it at all. But it was one of those movies that made me determined to keep seeking out some unheralded films every year, and even some outright "failures".
And for what it's worth, Wes Bentley was a near miss for my Supporting Actor lineup as well.
I haven't seen We Are Your Friends but it sounds vaguely like the 2014 Mia Hansen-Løve film titled Eden which was good but a lesser work of the director.