Everybody Wants Some!!

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Nostalgic in the best sense, Everybody Wants Some!! finds Richard Linklater ambling through the past with a talented cast, a sweetly meandering story, and a killer classic rock soundtrack.



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On the heels of his success with the groundbreaking drama Boyhood, director Richard Linklater shifts gears to sports for this comedy about a successful college baseball team that plays hard both on and off the diamond. Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Dutch, Will Brittain, and Glen Powell star.

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Tyler Hoechlin
as McReynolds
Wyatt Russell
as Willoughby
Zoey Deutch
as Beverly
Will Brittain
as Billy Autrey
Glen Powell
as Finnegan
J. Quinton Johnson
as Dale Douglas
Temple Baker
as Plummer
Tanner Kalina
as Alex Brumley
Jonathan Breck
as Coach Gordon
Adrienne Mishler
as Country Girl
Sophia Ali
as Bev's Friend
Jenna Saab
as Mud Wrestling Champion
Courtney Tailor
as Buxom Coed
Jessi Mechler
as Young Lady at Oz
Taylor Ashley Murphy
as Friend of Buxom Coed
Sadie Brook
as Sound Machine Patron
Christina Burdette
as #1 Cute Coed
Vanessa Amaya
as Sound Machine Patron
Laura Ritz
as McReynold's Girl
Kyla Burke
as Two Step Dancer
Jason Liebrecht
as Sound Machine Manager
James Ernest Davis
as Sound Machine Doorman
Chelsey Gentry
as Sound Machine Patron/College Student
Caitlyn Moore
as Two-Step Dancer
Deborah Alcorn
as Car Driver/Pedestrian
Brian Bogart
as Autrey's Friend
Lorelei Supapo
as Sound Machine Patron
Carley Deardorff
as Pool Hall Patron/Country Dancer/Coed
Tess Cline
as Country Girl #1
Asjha Cooper
as Finn's Girl
Anna Vanston
as Michelle
Liza Wilk
as Two Step Dancer
Lizzy Pop
as Disco Dancer/Sound Machine
Alexandra Conroy
as Bar Patron
Dennis Alcorn
as Driver/Pedestrian
Alexandria Payne
as College Student
Bonnie Gayle
as College Student
Emily Deaver
as Girlfriend
Kevin Patrick Connors
as Grandma Bearcat
Alan Zaizar
as Sound Machine Patron
Alan Zalzar
as Sound Machine Patron
Alexa Staudt
as Sound Machine Patron
Samantha Frank
as Sound Machine Waitress
Cecilia L. Salinas
as College Student/Sound Machine Patron
Kaleb King
as Queen of Hearts
Devin Bonnee
as Matt Hatter
Emily Mason
as College Student/Two Step Dancer
Beau Smith
as Wholesome DJ
Blaire Clause
as Oz Party Girl #2
Amanda Hunt
as Sound Machine Patron
Rene Rhi
as Cowboy
Dane Jensen
as Disco Moose
Haley Permenter
as Hot Girl #1 at Soundmachine
Ty Suite
as Band Sound Man
Jack McConnell
as Oz Party Guest
Ryan Pearsall
as Frat Guy
Leslie Powell
as Wild Disco Dancer
Chris Cude
as Disco Dancer
Abby Glantz
as Country Dancer
Rebekah Herzberg
as Bar Patron
Matt Blackwell
as Sound Machine Patron
Julie Cude-Eaton
as Eaton-Townsperson
Valeria Dominguez
as Dance Club Patron
Maria Engler
as Disco Dancer
Kelsey O'Dell
as Country Bar Patron
Christopher Sullivan
as Disco Dancer/Smoothfeet
Angela Simmons-Morgan
as Morgan-Cannibal Club Patron
Nicholas Marino
as Mad Hatter
Erica Buitron
as Bar Patron
Kyle Sheldon
as College Student
Emily Ax
as Student Government President
Jeremy Abdo
as Sound Machine Patron
Dagny Paige
as Student
Zach Denny
as Two Step Dancer
Lynzy Lab
as Sound Machine Patron/Disco Dancer
Sara Jane Ragnarok
as Punk Rocker
Michael Koester
as Pool Hall Student
Elise Raney
as Bar Patron
Ally Gutierrez
as Pool Hall Student
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Critic Reviews for Everybody Wants Some!!

All Critics (227) | Top Critics (49)

  • There's no storyline. The script just drifts from one vignette to the next as the boys cruise around, ogling girls, haunting the campus night spots and staging a party while their house does its best to remain standing under their assaults.

    Jun 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's as if Linklater is bound by a bro code that obliges him to present these guys in a basically uncritical light.

    Jun 22, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Everybody Wants Some!! is obsessed with seduction. Don't let me stop you going all the way with Linklater. I'm just here to warn you that, with regards to this film, he doesn't go very deep.

    May 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A deceptively subtle comedy, and also a challengingly and almost provokingly unironic film intensifying and cartoonifying what it is like to be young and male ...

    May 12, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [Linklater's] light touch remains a marvel. Though his characters are often just bouncing from conversation to conversation, night out to night out, the film's direction is never lackadaisical.

    Apr 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Imagine "Porky's" as an intelligent character study and you're on the right path.

    Apr 15, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Everybody Wants Some!!

  • Dec 15, 2017
    I have never been one to hide my admiration for director Richard Linklater. I've always found him to be a hugely talented filmmaker and he's always struck me as a very intelligent and savvy individual. Whenever a new project of his arrives, I'm always filled with anticipation, especially one that's been mentioned in the same breath as his indie classic Dazed and Confused. Why is it then, that Everybody Wants Some!! left me with ever so slight feelings of disappointment? This could simply be explained by having very high expectations so for that reason I waited until I watched the film again before making any final judgements on it. Turns out, my opinion didn't change. Everybody Wants Some!! has many great qualities but it doesn't quite hit the heights of its predecessor. Plot: As he enters college in the 1980's, freshman Jake (Blake Jenner) meets his other, hard partying, college baseball players where he learns to navigate his way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Linklater himself described Everybody Wants Some!! as a "spiritual sequel" to his 1994 indie classic Dazed and Confused. Where Dazed was set in a high-school in the 70's, now we take a look at the 80's and our characters entering their college years. In many ways, it feels like a continuation of the story except for the fact that the characters are no longer the same. This time we're introduced to an assortment (and predominantly male) cast of characters and the camaraderie is almost as infectious as we witnessed in Linklater's earlier film. What's most apparent, however, is Linklater's keen eye for the period and his attention to detail on the style and sound of the 80's is brilliantly realised. As the film is loosely autobiographical, Linklater has a solid handling on the proceedings as he reminisces about his own experiences while being involved in a baseball team in his school years; he captures the competitive nature among young men and fully realises the different personalities from an impressive ensemble. The one glaring omission, however, is the distinct lack of females; with the exception of Zoey Deutch there's really no other female character that has anything to do but be eye candy for the testosterone fueled males. If it wasn't so much fun watching these guys and Linklater hadn't put a light spin on events, then the film would be bordering on misogyny. Thankfully, it manages to escape this pitfall and delivers a hugely entertaining journey where a lengthy 2 hour running time just flies by. Not as accomplished as Dazed and Confused but it has enough style and innocent humour to keep the experience a pleasant one. Who knows, now that Linklater has covered the 70's and 80's, we might well get a 90's version somewhere down the line. He has been known to extend his stories; The Before Trilogy and his Oscar nominated, 12 year project Boyhood were ambitious but hugely successful works. It wouldn't be out of character for him and on the results so far, it would be a welcome completion to a vibrant trilogy. Time will tell. Mark Walker
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2017
    Ah, to be young and good looking, and really young and really good looking. Who said that? Richard Linklater has a near monopoly on the nostalgia of being young. He captured it perfectly in his 1976-era, end of high-school day-in-the-life movie, Dazed and Confused. D and C is not really a cult classic, it's more of a mainstream classic. People loved that movie, especially anyone who was a child or young person in the 1970's. I was 2 in 1976, but I feel like I can TRUST that it felt like Linklater tells us it felt like. He is so comfortable with natural dialogue and finding funny and touching moments in seemingly unimportant scenes. Both of these movies consist of a mishmash of scenes that feel improvised, though I believe Linklater is more deliberate than that. His perception and grasp of what it feels like to experience freedom and independence at the age of 16-22 is astounding. He brings that feeling to the screen and for 2 hours we FEEL like we are back in college for the first semester, with all the excitement and possibility and adventure that holds. I remember that feeling, and I miss it. D and C was better in that it was a bit more meaty, and felt more substantive than Everybody Wants Some!! But this is a fine film too, and who knows, if this movie came first, perhaps this would be the favorite son, and not the other way around. I doubt it, but either way, this is a very good attempt at recapturing that same feeling, by simply turning the calendar pages ahead 4 years to another memorable period in time. I hope he's not done...
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2017
    Just a movie about the bonds of guys living under the same roof. Well directed film with up and coming actors just like dazed and confused was at the time. People looking for more comedy might be annoyed but the story and the characters serve the film. Great music and film that is another success for Linklater.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2016
    Brimming with a nostalgic vibe for the college life in the 1970s, Everybody Wants Some!! is a frequently delightful episodic film. Vivid personalities of the various baseball team members, allow the film to be consistently entertaining, even when these characters threaten to overwhelm. Richard Linklater elegantly directs this piece which truly isn't about much other than college life and getting layed, however, it is so amusing and charming that there is lots of fun to be had. Some quibbles include a rather bland central character who is difficult to relate to due to his utter competence as a person in every way. Relative newcomer Blake Jenner is suave enough but he can't compensate for the standard part he plays. Some of the very minor supporting characters, such as Billy, could have been given more attention because I found myself intrigued by his outcast status in the group. Alas, Everybody Wants Some!! is plenty enjoyable and inducing the nostalgic coma associated with haze driven college life, and it gives some lesser known male actors a chance to shine with fun characters. Zoey Deutch also turns in a lovely minor performance in some great key scenes she shares with the protagonist. Rating: 73
    Bradley J Super Reviewer

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