3 Thoughts On… Everybody Wants Some!!

Richard Linklater follows up Boyhood with a comedy about manhood.

PLOT: A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.


This is as much a sequel to Boyhood as Dazed and Confused

Richard Linklater’s best films are about identity and people finding themselves. So it’s kind of appropriate that Everybody Wants Some!! begins exactly where two of his greatest (Boyhood and Dazed and Confused)left off: with our protagonist Jake (Blake Jenner) heading out to college — the ultimate symbol of young independence. At any point you expect to see Ellar Coltrane’s Mason, all grown up following Boyhood, lounging in the middle of a house party with a red plastic cup in hand.


It’s an utter sausage fest (but that’s not a bad thing)

A movie that follows a group of student athletes in their eternal quest to get laid could have gotten really boring, really quickly, but Linklater is too good a writer and director for that. Sure, they’re walking bags of hormones in bell-bottom trousers — they’re young men in their early twenties — but they’re also richly-drawn characters who transcend the broad stereotypes you usually find populating these movies. Glen Powell, channelling his inner McConnaughey, is a stand-out as Finn, and watching Jake get to know arts student Beverley (Zoey Deutch) is every bit as wonderful as seeing Jesse and Céline amble through Europe in the Before trilogy.


For a movie set in the 1980s, it’s surprisingly universal

From the moment that ‘My Sharona’ by The Knack kicks in over the opening credits, everything from the costumes to the struggling moustaches to the staggeringly good soundtrack reminds us exactly how far back in time we’ve come. Yet there are beats and ideas here that will feel instantly familiar to anyone who can remember turning up at university: those delicious few moments when your whole life stretches in front of you. Like our heroes who go from disco to square-dancing to being punks for a night, you can be anybody you want.


Verdict

Boyhood was always going to be an impossible act to follow, and Richard Linklater doesn’t quite top it, but Everybody Wants Some!! is a laugh-out-loud comedy with a big heart and a surprisingly deep soul.

Like what you read? Give Phil W. Bayles a round of applause.

From a quick cheer to a standing ovation, clap to show how much you enjoyed this story.