Genre: College comedy about young and confused people that like to party
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin and Ryan Guzman (¿¿??)
Duration: 1h 57min
Rating: Really nice
26 years after his celebrated Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater surprises us with a kind of sequel. It is not a strict sequel because characters, storyline and places changed but, however, there is noticeable thread going from Dazed and Confused to Everybody Wants Some!! If Dazed showed us the life, thoughts and worries of students in the 70s, Everybody pictures the life, thoughts and worries of students but in the 80s. I have to admit that beforehand I set the bar high for this movie because Dazed and Confused is one of my favorite movies. Now after watching it, I must say that, although it is not its predecessor, it does more than a decent job.
The storyline follows the life of a group of college students members of the baseball team during the last weekend of summer before classes start. As you can imagine these involves partying, girls, lots of alcohol, macho bonding, music and pranking on the new ones. Bare in mind this is not a movie with a well-identified plot but a collection of meditative scenes that give you an insight on the way of thinking of the characters, their hopes and their concerns. What I really liked about the movie is that even that the looks, music and outfits have changed, the topics are the same. As in Dazed and Confused, the characters are interested in girls, seizing the moment and enjoying their youth. Times might have changed but their hopes and dreams are unchanged. As they say, boys will always be boys.
As a lover of Linklater and, specifically, Dazed and Confused, I found the movie very satisfying. The movie is fast paced, entertaining and with nice dialogue lines. The cast, who is unknown, is very solid in its roles. I think using unknown actors was an asset: by using actors we haven’t seen before, the viewer can better relate to the characters. When you watch the movie, you don’t think of XX actor playing as a college student but you can imagine you are actually watching a college student.
Why this film is not a must see? First, because it came after Dazed and Confused so the originality impact is lacking. Second, I found it a bit more towards “partying” and less to “philosophy”. In any case, I advice you to want some of that.