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‘We Are Your Friends’ Film Review: A Feel-good Zac Efron Dee-jay Dance Party for the iGeneration

Emily Ratajkowski as Sophie in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Studiocanal's romantic drama, "We Are Your Friends," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Anne Marie Fox/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)
Emily Ratajkowski as Sophie in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Studiocanal's romantic drama, "We Are Your Friends," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Anne Marie Fox/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

“We Are Your Friends” is an iGeneration (the one after Millennials) update of the 38 year-old “Saturday Night Fever,” with current tween heartthrob Zac Efron...

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