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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. Read critic reviews
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Mar 15, 2021After re-watching Dazed and Confused, one of my all-time favorite movies, I thought I'd give Richard Linklator's "spiritual sequel" a go. It has most of the same elements -- a rocking soundtrack and a nostalgia filled trip back to early 80's college life. Unfortunately it just didn't hit the same buttons as Dazed and Confused did. First, the ratio of dialogue to music was weighted substantially towards dialogue to its detriment. Second, while most of Linklater's movies tend to be dude-centric, this one was literally all men and the focus on sex neared the point of misogyny. Finally, where Dazed and Confused get's you hooked from the opening credits, Everybody Wants Some!! takes a while to get going. SPOILERS BELOW The highlight is Wyatt Russell as Willoughby. He personifies the "spiritual sequel" to Matthew McConaughey's character Wooderson from D&C, the elder stoner who has grown up but chooses to return to his high school digs because: "that's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age." (Note: That quote, while classic, does NOT age well.) Not only does Willoughby have the best lines, it turns out he's 30 trying to re-live his past by faking his background and transferring into other colleges. The message I think is that trying to relive your glory years is temporary or fleeting at best. I think the bottom line is that Linklater is 25 years older and has a much more rationale and maturer approach to these nostalgic time trips. Not to go too Freudian, Dazed and Confused came from his ID, while Everybody Wants Some!! came from his Ego/Super Ego.Mark B Super Reviewer
Dec 15, 2017I 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 WalkerMark W Super Reviewer
Apr 09, 2017Ah, 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, 2017Just 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
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