‘Everybody Wants Some!!’
Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Blake Jenner, Glen Powell
5 (out of 5) Globes
Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” is billed as the “spiritual sequel” to “Dazed and Confused,” but it’s really the spiritual sequel to nearly all Linklaters. If there’s one thing all his movies share — on top of goofy humanism, an undying curiosity in others and visuals that are deceptively plain — it’s the combination of joy and terror that comes from living in the moment. Sometimes those moments are happy (“Before Sunrise”), sometimes they’re painful (“Before Midnight”), but they will always pass, eaten up in the cruel march of existence. Time — as the very un-Linklater-y Gaspar Noe once wrote in large, crimson letters in his film “Irreversible” — destroys everything.
So it goes with “Everybody Wants Some!!,” which on its face is a bro hangout movie about really cool bros. It’s 1980 and our heroes are mostly white but all of them male and very dude. They’re a baker’s dozen of fun-loving guys on a Texas college baseball team with three days to kill before fall classes begin. They and the movie have nothing much on their schedule — just bars, nightclubs, more bars, maybe a frou-frou performance art school party and plenty but plenty of ball-busting. Our sort-of lead — a pretty boy nice guy named Jake (Blake Jenner) — is smitten with a flirty-surly girl, Beverly (Zoey Deutch), but he’s in no rush to make her his. After all, there’s drinking to do first.
Jake, introduced cruising to his new digs to no less than “My Sharona,” is our initial entree into this world, but he can easily get lost among his 11 other new brehs. That’s a lot of boys to sort through, and Linklater allows us to feel lost, to see them as a single blob of young testosterone. Eventually we’ll learn to remember the guy (Tanner Kalina) with the failed mustache or the intense freak (Juston Street) who’s also the best on the team and the sage (Wyatt Russell) who really recommends the ninth chapter of “Cosmos” and likes to rattle off dorm room burner sessions about the birth of language to Pink Floyd’s super chill “Fearless.”