Everybody Wants Some!! – Film review

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Everybody Wants Some is Richard Linklater‘s ‘spiritual sequel’ to his 1993 cult hit Dazed and Confused, a film I never really understood the fuss about. So I was a bit dubious about this successor because I just assumed I would be ambivalent towards it too, but I actually enjoyed it a lot.

Dazed and Confused was set in high school in 1976 and Everybody… is in college in 1980, so it’s a slight time update but with a different set of people. This time we follow Jake (Blake Jenner) as he arrives at college a few days before class starts. The film is just that three-day time period – but a lot can happen with a baseball team house full of guys. The freshman basically learns the ways from the more senior boys including Finnegan (Glen Powell), Roper (Ryan Guzman), Dale (Quinton Johnson) and McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), to name just a few.

Not much really happens plot-wise. The film is filled with a lot of scenes of team bonding, trying to pull women, getting drunk, getting high, playing baseball, and being ‘bros’. But they are a lot of fun to watch and I personally found it fascinating watching how boys interact in such an environment! The characters are very diverse, well-formed and individually hilarious, and the script is sharp, witty and very observant. How well you relate to the film, or how effectively funny it is, will entirely depend on how old you are and how much you appreciate dude banter.

It is nice to watch a film which doesn’t have one stand-out star who clearly got the movie funded. Everybody is on a similar level fame-wise. For example, if viewers haven’t seen Scream Queens, Glee, Teen Wolf or Pretty Little Liars, then they will have no idea who these actors are and that feels refreshing. After all Matthew McConaughey and Milla Jovovich were nobodys when they were in Dazed and Confused. For me, I predict the stars to come out of this are Jenner, Powell and love interest Zoey Deutch – she has a captivating screen presence, Jenner is the likable everyman, perfect as the eyes of the audience, and Powell is hilarious as this arrogant douchebag.

This goes on slightly too long, especially for a film where not much happens, but it is enjoyable, fun, and will leave you with a smile on your face and 70s/80s tunes in your head – particularly The Knack’s My Sharona. The soundtrack is insane and the hair/clothes are hilarious in their own right. This is far superior to its spiritual predecessor.

In cinemas Friday 13th May 

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