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Kill Your Friends (2016)



Critic Consensus: Kill Your Friends takes futile stabs at black comedy, all strangled by a glut of tonal jumbles, bad casting, and unremittingly unlikable characters.

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London, 1997; the British music industry is on a winning streak. Britpop bands Blur, Oasis, Radiohead rule the airwaves and Cool Britannia is in full swing. 27-year-old hit chasing A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the music business, a world where careers are made and broken by chance and the fickle tastes of the general public. In an industry of dream-makers, Stelfox refuses to buy into the 'dream' - and despises anyone that does. Fueled by greed, ambition and inhuman quantities of drugs, Stelfox searches for his next hit record amid a relentless orgy of self-gratification. Created by an industry that demands success at any price, Stelfox takes the concept of 'killer tunes' to a murderous new level in a desperate attempt to salvage his career. Balanced against the backdrop of the music business and its characters, Stelfox is the ultimate anti-hero: chronically sexist, racist, and everything else-ist.

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Tom Riley
as Parker-Hall
Georgia King
as Rebecca
Edward Hogg
as DC Woodham
Joseph Mawle
as Trellick
Bronson Webb
as Hasting
Jim Piddock
as Derek Sommers
Bern Collaco
as First Class Airplane Passenger
Shina Shihoko Nagai
as Restaurant Guest at Cannes
Alannah Olivia
as Suzy Songbird
Erick Hayden
as Jim Powell
Yves O'Hara
as Bouncer/Clubber
Neil Alexander Smith
as Texan Nightclub Bouncer
Rachel Marquez
as Executive Assistant
Gil Cohen Allono
as Cannes Waiter
Lukas Landau
as Office Worker
Ben Wombwell
as Record Executive
Tim Packham
as Man in Pub
Samantha Hindman
as Swearing Club Girl
John Carr
as Police Officer
Gil Cohen-Alloro
as Cannes Waiter
Robert-Anthony Artlett
as Drunk French Guy/Texas Trucker
Duane Francis
as Night Clubber
Ibrahim Fagge
as Trendy Clubber/Bartender
Marilyn May James
as Restaurant Diner
J.B. Rote
as NY Girl in Street
as Party Girl
Chris Cartwright
as Ted - Security Guard
Elliot Hall
as Clubber
Venla Shalin
as Clubber
Jennifer Ann Elmore
as Record Executive
Leona Carlo
as Leaflet Distributor/Clubbee
Charlie Anson
as Press Officer
Ria Zmitrowicz
as Songbird Chantelle
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Critic Reviews for Kill Your Friends

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (23)

Mistakenly thinks a lot of profanity, ugliness and bloodshed [...] are, in and of themselves, enough to sustain a satire about showbiz ruthlessness.

April 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Everyone is horrible all the time-so when they do horrible things to each other, the result is a chuckle rather than a vicious bite. The music business is cutthroat, we get it.

April 1, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Kill Your Friends" goes to some ugly places, but it keeps a sturdy sense of rhythm.

April 1, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Watching "Kill Your Friends" unfold is not dissimilar to being at a party where someone's clever one-liner lulls you into a conversation that reveals a bitterly immature, dismissively one-note lout, after which you're trapped.

April 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Anchoring the pungent 1990s ambience is Mr. Hoult, easily oozing cool charisma.

March 31, 2016 | Full Review…

Though the script is full of arch, darkly funny observations, the movie gets stuck on the same clanging chord of all-hating cynicism.

March 31, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kill Your Friends

Badly written and filled with hateful characters, it's a juvenile facsimile of American Psycho.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer


All bark, no bite.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

A nasty individual does the classic bad guy monologuing ... for the length of the film. It's about the cutthroat record business in London (ha ha). Starts cleverly enough but loses steam in the middle. There's a girl band send-up that could've been milked more.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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