Everybody Wants Some!! is a fantastic film that in a perfect world will make more money than Deadpool and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice combined. The film takes place in 1980, and tells the story of a team of baseball players hanging out before the fall semester starts at their Texas college. It is the rare movie that builds three-dimensional characters while being rowdy, intelligent and funny. You will laugh constantly and appreciate every second spent with the likable cast.
Here are five reasons why you will love Everybody Wants Some!!.
1. Richard Linklater is an amazing director
Between Bernie, School of Rock, Waking Life, Boyhood, Slacker, Dazed and Confused and the Before Trilogy, Linklater has proven himself to be a national treasure. His films are full of great dialogue, interesting worlds and realistic characters. Linklater knows how to balance character with story and I love how he avoids "plot" at all costs.
Everybody Wants Some!! initially appears aimless and plot free. However, much like Dazed and Confused, it stays patient and creates a world loaded with cool stories and likable people. It takes a lot of confidence to direct in this non-traditional style and Linklater excels at it.
2. Everybody Wants Some!! isn't just about "bros" hanging out
I've read some articles that focus on the "bros" of Everybody Wants Some!!. The reviews focus solely on past experiences and reasons for hating the movie. The reviews have called the characters "bullies" and have completely missed the point of the film. They don't understand that Linklater is using a baseball team to speak universally about different characters that inhabit our daily life.
What I love about Everybody Wants Some!! is how it takes a team of stock baseball players and turns them into fully-formed characters. Each of the players have their own stories, and I love how they are always competing and hanging out. Their adventures take them all over the town, and prove that everybody can get along. If you can put aside your preconceived notions, I guarantee you will love Everybody Wants Some!!
3. The cast is incredible likable
Whether it be the baseball players or the supporting cast you like everyone involved. Richard Linklater has a knack for casting perfectly and you can tell time was spent rounding up the perfect crew. Everybody Wants Some!! is a true ensemble piece, and the actors do a great job hitting home runs whenever they are asked to deliver.
Glen Powell's (Scream Queens, Expendables 3) character Finnegan steals the show. Powell delivers Linklater's lines perfectly and his character is the kind of guy who would fit in anywhere. The dude has a great mustache, and I think he will be the breakout star of this film.
4. Zoey Deutch and Blake Jenner have great chemistry
In the midst of the all partying and drinking there is neat romance that fits organically in the story. The credit goes to Linklater's writing and Zoey Deutch's (Vampire Academy) performance. Deutch got some big laughs at the screening, and I was really happy to see that her character wasn't shoehorned in to add a female presence. her character Beverly feels like she belongs, and you totally understand why people would like her.
Her encounters with Blake Jenner's character Jake are a nice break from the binge drinking. The two form a neat bond that focuses on them being genuinely nice people. I really enjoyed their quiet moments together, and was 100% shipping their relationship.
5. The soundtrack is a lot of fun
Much like Dazed and Confused and School of Rock this film has a fun soundtrack. When you put together Blondie, Devo, Van Halen, M, The Knack, Cheap Trick and Dire Straights, you know you will have a good time. The Dazed and Confused soundtrack introduced me to a lot of great music (Foghat!) and I hope this soundtrack influences the younger generations (I'm old) by giving them new/old music to jam out to. Here is the soundtrack listing.
"My Sharona" - The Knack
"Heart Of Glass" - Blondie
"Take Your Time (Do It Right)" - SOS Band
"Heartbreaker" - Pat Benatar
"Alternative Ulster" - Stiff Little Fingers
"Every 1's A Winner" - Hot Chocolate
"Everybody Wants Some!!" - Van Halen
"Let's Get Serious" - Jermaine Jackson
"Pop Muzik" - M
"Because The Night" - Patti Smith Group
"I Want You To Want Me (Live)" - Cheap Trick
"Hand In Hand" - Dire Straits
"Whip It" - Devo
"Romeo's Tune" - Steve Forbert
"Good Times Roll" - The Cars
"Rapper's Delight" - The Sugar Hill Gang
What did you think about Everybody Wants Some!!? Let me know in the comments!