Everybody Wants Some full movie review - "Everybody Wants Some!!" gives back a whole lot!
There was a whole lot of wanting going on as the 1970s ended and the 1980s unfolded, if the music of the time is any indication.
The 1980s had more songs with some form of "want" in the title than any other decade in the rock 'n roll era (it IS called The "Me" Decade, after all), but they expressed their wants in different ways. Most songwriters of the late 70s and 80s just came out and said it, for example, wanting candy, a new drug, your love, your sex, for you to want me, to be with you, to stay with you, to do something freaky to you, etc., as well as to be a cowboy, to be your lover, to know what love is, to be your everything, to be startin' somethin', to be free, to rock, to dance (with somebody who loves me) or just wanting to stop. Sometimes, we heard what the singers did NOT want? to live without your love, to go on with you like that, or to be right (if loving you is wrong). Other times, the song asked the listener the question, like whether you wanted to touch me, to hold me, to make love or to hurt me (as in, "really" hurt me). But the thing that "wanting" songs do best is to give a voice to the desires of the masses. Listening to the music of the late 70s and the 80s, you'd learn that "I'm" wanted (dead or alive), girls just wanna have fun, all "she" wants to do is dance (and make romance), kids wanna rock, and "everybody" either wants to rule the world, wants you, or just wants? Some(!!). But, "some" of what?? Oh, THAAAT "some". (I just listened to the Van Halen song again.) That song lends its title (repetitive punctuation and all) to the comedy "Everybody Wants Some!!" (R, 1:57). The film comes from auteur Richard Linklater who directed "Dazed and Confused", "School of Rock", the "Before?" trilogy and the Best Picture nominee "Boyhood" ? and also wrote most of those films. It's the first and last on that list that have the strongest connection with Linklater's 2016 theatrical release. While "Dazed and Confused" followed a group of high school students through their beginning of summer partying on the night of the last day of school in 1976, "Everybody Wants Some!!" focuses on a group of college students getting settled in and enjoying themselves before classes start in the fall of 1980, some of them preparing to start their very first year of college. That means that some of the younger characters in "Dazed" could have appeared in "Everybody". What's more, "Boyhood" follows its central character from the age of 6 to the age of 18 in real time, leading Linklater himself to say that the theme of "Boyhood" is continued in "Everybody", whose poster also calls it the "spiritual successor" to "Dazed and Confused". But, just as not everyone in the 1993 film was dazed or confused, those in the 2016 film want more than "some".
The central character is Jake (Blake Jenner), a tall, handsome freshman with a toothy grin and a talent for throwing a baseball. Unlike most brand new college students, when he arrives at his fictional university in western Texas, he moves straight into a house off campus. This house is home to the players of the university's vaunted baseball program, guys who practice all year long (even during the off season) in the hopes of bringing their school a national championship. Jake's housemates come from all over the country, are at different stages in their college careers and are all very different, except that each one is very competitive ? and has personality to spare. Jake shares a room with high-strung country boy Billy Autrey (Will Britain). There are two other freshmen in the house, Alex Brumley and Ty Plummer (Tanner Kalina and Temple Baker), who are nice, but not very bright. These four dudes are introduced to college life by the likes of ace hitter McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin, looking vaguely like a young Burt Reynolds), pitcher and pseudo-philosopher Finnegan (Glen Powell), pot-head pitcher Willoughby (Wyatt Russell), the very smooth Dale (Quinton Johnson), who's the only minority in the house, the hot-tempered, 1890s-mustachioed Nesbit (Austin Amelio), the lackadaisical Coma (Forrest Vickery) and the nerdy, but self-aggrandizing star pitcher, Jay (Juston Street), who feels that he always has to show how great and tough he is? to his teammates, a bartender, a bouncer, and even an innocent chain-link fence.
"Everybody Wants Some!!" doesn't have much of a plot, but it's plenty fun anyway. The movie's about adjusting to college life, enjoying the last few days before classes start and? making great memories. There's an ongoing subplot involving Jake getting romantic with a smart and adorable freshman performing arts major named Beverly (Zoey Deutch), but this film isn't about telling a complex story. Like its 1993 predecessor, it's about a moment in time and (especially) its colorful characters. Also like "Dazed and Confused", there aren't many stars in this movie (as big as they get is Ryan Guzman, from the "Step Up" films, in a small role), but several members of this cast likely have bright futures ahead of them. (How many people really knew Milla Jovovich, Adam Goldberg, Renee Zellweger, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey or even Matthew McConaughey in 1993?) The appeal of this film is in its well-crafted nostalgia (if you remember the 80s or ever went away to college), its subtle but important life lessons (if you're the reflective sort), its little bit of romance and sex (if you enjoy loving and being loved), the camaraderie of its cast (if you have friends), its sense of humor (if you like to laugh) and the fun of it all (if you're into that sort of thing). "Everybody Wants Some!!" has some(thing) for everyone but mostly a great time at the movies! "A-"