Saturday, July 15, 2017

Movie Review: Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

Movie: Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

Director: Richard Linklater

Writer: Richard Linklater

Cast: Blake Jenner, Juston Street, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Glen Powell, Temple Baker, Zoey Deutch, & Sophia Taylor Ali

One-Line Plot Synopsis: A 1980's college baseball team lives up the college lifestyle.

This movie is best described as Dazed and Confused for the 80's.  Dazed and Confused, also written and directed by Richard Linklater, told the story of a group of High School kids in 1976 having the summer of their lives before going into their respective Freshman and Senior years.  The soundtrack, characters, and feel perfectly portrayed the 1970's era and the result was an unforgettable good time movie experience that both Pam and Jim include in their Desert Island Top 5.

Pam's 5 Desert Island movies for those of you who don't remember, were Fargo, Edward Scissorhands, Dazed & Confused, The Breakfast Club, and The Princess Bride.  Basically a perfect 5 and every guy's dream for a girl to have on her list.

Everybody Wants Some takes place in the 1980's and follows a college baseball team but is very much in a similar vain to Dazed & Confused.  The guys are all about partying, having a good time, chasing girls, and competing.  That's what's going on Underneath, the story is about coming of age through your life experiences and realizing who you are as a person. It's comedy with a little dose of self discovery...and I dig it.

The movie is a lot of fun to watch.  I've been on a roll with some thrillers lately but it was nice to hit on one with a comedy.  I could see this movie being super re-watchable, especially if it gets in the rotation of FX or something like that.  It's super easy to watch and there are so many characters that you can choose your favorites from.  

It was weird seeing Tyler Hoechilin all grown up from the Road to Perdition, but I thought he was really good.  Looked a little bit like a young Billy Crudup in the movie if you ask me, but it probably had a lot to do with the grown out hair.

Was it just me or did anything else think that Juston Street's character Jay reminded them of someone who would be in Wet Hot American Summer?

I am huge Richard Linklater fan, as most people probably are.  His writing is completely original and always interesting and entertaining.  It can be heartfelt like the Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight.  It can be hilarious like School of Rock or Dazed & Confused.  Or it can be completely original the A Scanner Darkly or Waking Life.  Linklater can write incredibly well for any type of genre.

Sidenote, how many movies have exclamation points in the title?  I can remember Saved! having one but I think I'd need some more time to come up with others.  My point is (if there is one) that there really aren't that many movies with that's something, just a thought really.

Rating: 7.5/10