Richard Linklater’s Recent Film “Everybody Wants Some!!” Is A Classic In The Making
Richard Linklater, the award-winning director of “Boyhood” and “Dazed and Confused”, did something remarkable with his recent film “Everybody Wants Some!!”: he outdid himself. The film hit the theaters Wednesday, March 30.
“Everybody Wants Some!!” is the ‘spiritual sequel’ to Linklater’s earlier hit, “Dazed and Confused”. The 1993 classic followed the crazy partying of Texas teenagers as they celebrated their last day of high school in 1976.
This time around, Linklater does things college style.
Set in 1980, “Everybody Wants Some!!” documents the same exhilarating mayhem of a group of youths in a small Texas town as “Dazed and Confused”. Instead of celebrating the last day of school, however, Jake (Blake Jenner) prepares for his first year as a promising pitcher on a Texas university baseball team. He’s also a major heartthrob.
From the onset of the film, Jake is hilariously hazed by senior teammate McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), a hard hitter with a hatred for pitchers.
We are then introduced to the rest of Jake’s ragtag bunch of teammates. Already, Linklater starts to recall some of “Dazed and Confused”‘s most memorable characters, such as Matthew McConaughey’s character, David Wooderson. The philosophical leader of the gang is recreated through Glen Powell’s character, Finnegan.
The film follows the team’s final weekend of freedom before the first day of classes – so get prepared for lots of partying, hazing, drinking and girls. It’s the epitome of most college freshman boys’ dreams. When the gang isn’t drinking, getting high, or competing in some game, they’re out crashing other parties or hitting up babes at the local disco floor. Or sawing baseballs in half (I see you, McReynolds.)
Trust me – it won’t be long until your heart fawns for every single one of these boys. Even Plummer (Temple Baker), who couldn’t sound more like every frat boy you’ve come in contact with, will steal your heart.
Note how Linklater purposefully did not portray these boys as a group of misogynist assholes. Sure, they want to get girls and drink beer together. But, at the core of it all, Finn’s carefree take on life and Willoughby’s encouragement to Jake to “embrace the weird,” make this cast undeniably lovable.
As the film goes on, you’ll start to realize what the film is truly about: nothing. Linklater is merely following the goofy, normal moments of a bonding college baseball team. Yet, just like Dazed and Confused and Boyhood, those two hours spent in the Alamo Drafthouse left me with a big smile on my face and an exciting flutter in my chest to the beat of “My Sharona.”
I wanted to be taken back to the first weekend before my freshman year. But in the theater, I looked around at the four closest friends I had made in my eight months at UT and realized how this film is my life. This film is all our lives, in some way, shape or form. Everybody Wants Some!! is certainly a film about hanging out with friends and partying and getting girls, but at the same time, it’s irrefutably a film about making friendships that will last a lifetime and enjoying the simple moments in life, like sitting in an inner tube at 6 a.m. with your crush, an hour and 50 minutes before classes start.
Thank you, Richard Linklater, for killing it once again. All I can say now is everybody wants more!!
Watch the trailer now.