For the full Movie Bears Podcast review of ‘Everybody Wants Some,’ check out the video below! Or read on for our mini-review…
Coming off the heels of 2014’s multi-award-winning ‘Boyhood,’ director Richard Linklater had many people asking “What’s next?” Would it be another emotionally complicated drama a la the ‘Before’ series? Something visually enchanting yet disturbing vis-à-vis ‘A Scanner Darkly?’ Or something else entirely? The answer came in the form of ‘Everybody Wants Some,’ Linklater’s self-professed spiritual successor to 1993’s ‘Dazed and Confused.’ Wait, really?
While this film – on the surface at least – seems like an odd move considering Linklater’s more recent body of work, ‘Everybody Wants Some’ masterfully blends period-piece plot and present-day style to serve up something special. Where ‘Dazed and Confused’ focused on the last day of high school in the 70’s, ‘Everybody Wants Some’ tackles the first days of college in the 80’s. Specifically, it centers around Jake (Blake Jenner), a freshmen pitcher who’s moving into the craziness of the baseball team’s (mostly) unsupervised bro-house.
If the setup sounds like a sausage party in the making, well…it kind of is. While the guys spend their days and nights chasing tail from party to party, the story is much more about their bond as young men in, perhaps, the most formative years of their adult lives. Women obviously play a part in the film – including a love interest for Jake – but for the most part, ‘Everybody Wants Some’ takes us on an 80’s hits-fueled, slice-of-life foray into being young, dumb, and full of rum.
With a kick ass soundtrack and plenty of eye candy – especially Wyatt Russell, son of Kurt, who’s super woofy in this flick – ‘Everybody Wants Some’ is absolutely worth a trek to your local cinema. But if you can’t quite get to it, a rental will be just fine. Either way, if you were alive in the 80’s, this movie’s not to be missed.
Written by Brad Harris, Movie Bears Podcast