Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Movie Review- Everybody Wants Some!!

Can't go wrong with these tracks in, Everybody Wants Some!!


Intro

I didn't become an admirer of Richard Linklater's film Dazed and Confused (1993), until a few years after its release. I'm pretty sure because by that time, I was in my late teens (1996 or 97) and I could grasp what it was like to feel the way that the characters did. Even though it's set in 1976, everything about it cliqued with me. All of the details whether obvious or minute, formed an entertaining film that's nostalgic even to someone like me who hadn't even been born yet (1977). It's a film that stands the test of time, not to mention how many young future stars that were involved in it as well; Mathew McConaughey (Interstellar), Ben Affleck (Armageddon), Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element), Cole Hauser (Pitch Black), Parker Posey (Superman Returns), Nicky Katt (Boiler Room), Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan), and Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy). Throw in some Foghat (Slow Ride) and Aerosmith (Sweet Emotion), a little good honest comedy, realistic conversation, and situations that we've all experienced at least once, and you have one of the most memorable throwback movies of all time!!


Everybody Wants Some!!


Linklater's self-proclaimed "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!!, definitely has the potential to become another throwback classic over time. After just one viewing, I found myself missing my favorite decade (80's). This film captures the essence of a simpler time when young people had fun experiencing life through their actions, and not from staring into a smartphone. The story is also simple and never pushes the boundaries of realism. I could picture every single event of this movie happening in real life. Rocking with an eclectic choice of soundtracks from the likes of The Cars (Good Times Roll), to The SOS Band (Take Your Time), back around to Van Halen (Ain't Talkin Bout Love), and many more!! (sounds like an infomercial), the tone is set from beginning to end. You never have to think with this film, but the writing of its characters is so layered, that there's more beneath the surface than just some horny college guys that like beer. Everybody Wants Some!! subtly raises the question of one's personal identity at such a tumultuous time in their life. Then immediately after raising that question, the story shifts back down to cruise mode and enjoys itself. Who needs to think when time's infinite and the boobs are perky? All of the healthy rebelliousness of youth is on display in the form of parties, hazing, and some intense competitions between the boys. And all of it brings a smile to my face.

Linklater's down-to-Earth humor of the characters and situations, makes Everybody Wants Some!! funny with the ease of a painter's brush stroke. Each one of these guys stand on their own distinctive personalities and keeps this picture fresh. Set three days before school starts at a collegiate rental house in 1980, the new guy (Blake Jenner, Glee) awkwardly blends in with his baseball teammates and their unique differences. Jenner shines with a confidence that leading roles are made for. Although there are many, his teammates stand out in range from star making, down to here and there. Similar to Dazed, all of these actors are fairly unknown and that makes their performances that much more effective, because I didn't know what to expect from them. Tyler Hoechlin (Road to Perdition) as the team's alpha-male super competitor, is excellent with a dose of hilarious. His angry tirades make for some great moments. Juston Street (My All American) as the team's quiet then sporadically intense pitcher, is funny in an exaggerated Super Troopers character kind of way. There are also some good performances from many others as well. Zoey Deutch (Dirty Grandpa), Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), Will Brittain (A Teacher), J. Quinton Johnson (Transient), newcomer Temple Baker, Ryan Guzman (Step Up Revolution), and Austin Amelio (The Walking Dead), all bring something distinct and charming to their characters. But when it comes to prominence, Glen Powell (The Expendables 3) stands on top of the heap. He's like the playboy of the group, with his intelligent simplicity and Ryan Gosling (Drive) demeanor. This guy has a bright future ahead of him, and many of his costars should as well. It's happened before (1993), so why not again?


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, of Everybody Wants Some!!


The Good- Multi-themed parties, ping pong rage, the disco brawl, axing practice, big balls from the pitching mound, and just let that guy borrow any record he wants.

The Bad- Was Johnson as the "token black guy", an oversight? Or was it on purpose for the sake of cinematic nostalgia? Freakin whitey!!

The Ugly- Why were the shorts so goddamn... short?!! On the chicks, yes. But on some hairy ass dude legs, no. Cover that shit up. Ugh!!

Everybody Wants Some!! is an enjoyable and often hilarious follow up to Dazed and Confused that could've kept going for hours and hours. It made me reminisce and enjoy the little things of life. Stay through the end credits for an all-star rap session from the main characters. Make sure that you see this low budget film with a high quality turn out. Everybody should want some of this. Is this film as memorable as its predecessor? Only time will tell.
Rating- 8 out of 10


Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)


R | 1h 56min | Comedy | 15 April 2016 (USA)
A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Richard Linklater
Stars: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman 

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