Everybody Wants Some!! Review: Still Dazed, Less Confused

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With Everybody Wants Some!!, his eighteenth feature, Richard Linklater once again proves himself a master of the menial. Like Dazed and Confused, this film has a big cast and little plot. Where the 1993 masterstroke of coming of age tales covered the first day of summer for just about every personality in the school, this one brings things a little older, but hardly more mature.

We meet Jake (Blake Jenner) as he’s moving into a Texas university’s baseball house for his freshman year. He was an all-star in high school, but now he’s the youngest of a group of high school all-stars, many of which are competing for the real deal, the MLB. Initially a bit alienating, or pandering to the niche market of former college baseball players, the film struggles a bit to find its footing. But once this wide cast of wholly unique yet wholly similar characters are introduced, Everybody Wants Some!! takes off as a vivid and detailed construction of those precious few days in college when you’ve moved in but classed haven’t started yet.

The narrative spans just four days, bringing the boys out in front of girls at totally dissimilar parties but all for the same goal. The testosterone is strong with this one, but it builds the relationships between these kids as significantly as those first few days of college actually feel. All the beer and liquor and sex and rejection drive out their strengths and insecurities in glorious fashion. The only difference between freshman and senior here is opposite sides of a war on each others’ egos.

As with Dazed and Confused, this film is insightful, nostalgic, utterly real, and funny as hell. But not the kind of humor that comes out of a Neighbors or an Old School, but genuine, meaningful laughter because, for two hours, you live in this house with these boys destined to be men. You learn their quirks, are fooled by and then in on their pranks, and feel the pure companionship drawn out of their shared freedom. Again Linklater brings us to a time so pivotal yet so blissful. This film reminds us how crazy and fun these times were, but how important it was that we grew past them. It shows maturity by way of great immaturity for one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. Rejoice, a master has made another classic. Grade: A-

By Matt Dougherty

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