'Everybody Wants Some!!' more of a good thing from Linklater
Richard Linklater’s new film “Everybody Wants Some!!” delivers the same kind of tight-jean wearing, hard-rocking, warm-hearted, muscle-car ride for the 1980s that his 1993 film “Dazed and Confused” delivered for the 1970s.
Linklater’s most ribald film to date, “Everybody Wants Some!!” drops nostalgia bombs to the rhythm of a pitch-perfect soundtrack that captures the transitional spirit of 1980 – from The Knack to The Cars with the Sugarhill Gang, Eddie Rabbitt, and Stiff Little Fingers in between.
The plot-averse film follows a freshman baseball pitcher named Jake, who arrives on the campus of Southeastern Texas University confident maintaining his priorities will make everything “alright, alright, alright.” But by the time 116 minutes have elapsed, Jake and friends are faced with the vague notion that “Frontiers are where you find them.”
Deep thoughts abound from dudes talking like they belong in the deep end of the pool while they clink longnecks, pass the Dutchie, grope girls, and play Bloody Knuckles on the shallow end.
Blake Jenner (“Glee”) leads a cast of unknowns bound to live forever in Linklater’s Texistential universe with “Dazed and Confused,” “Slacker,” “Waking Life,” “Bernie,” and “Boyhood.”
The follow-up to "Boyhood" is a return to the director's Texistential universe, which appears to be a celluloid selfie told in the multifaceted language of film.
This entry focuses on the rawest of that language, and the basest of human desires. But as usual, Linklater's mouthpieces are equal parts sincerity and charm who make it impossible to root against them even when they're misbehaving.