• James Rutherford

'Everybody Wants Some!!': A Genuinely Entertaining and Charming Comedy About College Life in 1980


Movie poster for the film Everybody Wants Some!! starring Blake Jenner and Zoey Deutch

"Everybody Wants Some!!" (2016) is writer/director Richard Linklater’s indirect “sequel in spirit” to his modern classic "Dazed and Confused" (1993), and serves up his latest depiction of the freedom of youth—this time showcasing the first weekend of college in 1980 for a young Texas baseball recruit.


Jake (Blake Jenner) is quickly caught up amongst his newfound cadre of goofy teammates in the pursuit of alcohol, women and good times—with a heavy dose of testosterone and competitiveness underlying all of their activities. It’s a highly enjoyable comedy that (for the most part) transcends typical college humor, to draw out moments of intelligent banter, creative interplay and irrational shenanigans.


The overarching storyline is structured as an exploration of the various subcultures of the university world for Jake and his teammates, as they drift from disco clubs and country bars to punk rock concerts and avant-garde art parties. It's an engaging cross-cultural discovery process, highlighting the new horizons in store for the receptive young gentlemen. This is one will put a lasting smile on your face and make you yearn for those halcyon days of youthful misbehavior.

 

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