Kill Your Friends

March 28th, 2016


Kill Your Friends

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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 6.1/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Owen Harris

Stars: Ed Skrein, Nicholas Hoult, Rosanna Arquette

An A&R man working at the height of the Britpop music craze goes to extremes in order to find his next hit.

Ed Skrein - Rent
Nicholas Hoult - Stelfox
Rosanna Arquette - Barbara
James Corden - Waters
Georgia King - Rebecca
Joseph Mawle - Trellick
Craig Roberts - Darren
Tom Riley - Parker-Hall
Al Weaver - Bill
Bronson Webb - Hasting
Edward Hogg - DC Woodham
Moritz Bleibtreu - Rudi
Rosanna Hoult - Kate
Damien Molony - Ross
David Avery - Fisher

Taglines: Lies. Betrayal. Murder. Just another day at the office.

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: Black Hangar Studios, Hampshire, England, UK

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Did You Know?

Mawle and Skrien were both in Game of Thrones See more »

The film is set in 1997. Stelfox is standing outside the 'Eventim Apollo' (A.K.A. The Hammersmith Odeon). A sign on the building can be seen saying Eventim Apollo, when this film is set the venue was called 'Hammersmith Apollo' it has changed hands several times and did not become the Eventim Apollo until 7th of September 2013. See more »

User Review


Rating: 2/10

There are people who really like this movie. Good for them. I have only one thing to say to people who really like this thing: please stay far, far away from me.

I want to make myself quite clear here, and leave no room for misunderstanding. I like villain protagonists. I like black comedy. I like satire, and I know what satire is. You can say I don't understand this movie, that I don't appreciate its depths or its subtleties, and I'm sure the many fans of this thing will say just that. You just don't get it, man.

I get it. Satire has to make us think about the thing being satirized, to see the issues in a new way. This movie's one, flickering brain cell is simply incapable of doing satire. Black comedy should make us laugh, at some point. A film with no actual jokes is not a comedy. It's not even a bad comedy, since even that would have jokes that fail, but this has none at all.

Most of all, a film with a villain protagonist has to realize that he is, in fact, a villain, and not a role model. This movie has been compared to American Psycho, and that comparison is actually useful, because that movie understands that Patrick Bateman is a broken, pathetic human being. He's interesting, otherwise the film wouldn't work, but he's not someone we're expected to actively root for. This movie reads like bad American Psycho fan fiction, written by someone who really identified with Patrick Bateman and thought he was just peachy. We're clearly expected to want Nicholas Hoult's character to win out, and cheer when he does. Again, if you do find anything remotely redeeming about this smug, hateful, smarmy twit, that's great. I hope I never meet you.

The point of view of this putrid little film, as far as I can see, is to say that the music industry sucks, people suck, the world sucks, and only hateful, morally bankrupt scum win out in the end. It's the sort of world view that seems incredibly profound when you're 16 or so, and incredibly stupid when you become a grown-up. This film is adolescent in outlook, and the fact that it was apparently made by adults is incredibly depressing.


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