Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Richard Linklater
Cast: Blake Jenner, Glen Powell, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Temple Baker, J. Quinton Johnson, Will Brittain, Forrest Vickery, Tanner Kalina, Austin Amelio, Zoey Deutch, Juston Street and Wyatt Russell
Synopsis: A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.
*Reviewer Note: This will be a spoiler free review.*
Richard Linklater is back with his fun, coming-of-age film, and spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused with Everybody Wants Some!! I have to admit, I haven’t seen Dazed and Confused is a long time, but you don’t really have to had watched it to enjoy and fall in love with Everybody Wants Some!!
There is a good chuck of characters in the film, it follows a baseball team after all, but our main character we follow is Jake (Jenner). Jake was the star pitcher in his high school team, but now he’s on a team that has the best players of their respected teams, he isn’t as special as he thinks. As the movie begins we see Jake move into the teams house, we get introduced to most of the team that is “lead” by star hitter McReynolds (Hoechlin) and Roper (Guzman). The rest of the team include smooth talker Finnegan or Finn (Powell), who takes Jake under his wing a bit and has – and looks – a very Matthew McConaughy vibe to him, Dale (Johnson), the pothead Willoughby (Russell), cocky and “hotshot” player Jay (Street) and other freshman players Beuter (Brittain) and Plummer (Baker).
The whole film takes place days before the new semester starts, so you can only imagine what these college kids are going to do before classes start and their baseball season begins. From going to clubs, to riding around in their cars listening to music at the time, hooking up with different women, and well anything else really, we get a good vibe to every character we get. No character is wasted as all of them have their own moments to shine, and despite some questionable behavior you still feel like you want to be part of the team and hang out with these guys.
Jack is the most grounded of the team and our anchor for the film, and even when he meets Beverly (Duetch), the female role that has any sort of substance, the film doesn’t lose its steam or tone, it continues to keep going and his interactions with Beverly feel real. Which is one of the things that Linklater is so great at doing and is one of the best at; making his characters feel real.
Linklater does a great job of making you feel like you’re back in early 80s. From the production design of every set, the (awesome) soundtrack, the clothing and hair, the nuances, and overall feel of Everybody Wants Some!! The film was resonate with everybody, which is fine, but there is surely something in this that anyone can relate to, and that’s the great thing about Linklater as a director, his films can resonate with just about anyone.
All in all, Everybody Wants Some!! should resonate with some viewers on more than one level or another. All the cast members have their moments to shine, and all of them feel real, which makes the film feel more real, if that makes sense. Sure, the movie is like a few other coming-of-age films we’ve seen, but it’s the characters that make the film worthwhile and fun as hell to watch.
Everybody Wants Some!!
4.5 out of 5