Kurt Loder Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Everybody Wants Some!!

Richard Linklater goes to college.

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Everybody Wants Some!!
Paramount Pictures

Richard Linklater's 1993 Dazed and Confused pitted sadistic jocks against their oddball prey at a Texas high school on the cusp of the summer of 1976. The movie was loose and spirited, goosed along by period rock hits, and it's now revered as a classic. Everybody Wants Some!!, which the writer-director calls a "spiritual sequel" to that earlier film, moves along to college at the end of the summer of 1980. There's still a lot of music in the air, but now we mostly have only the jocks for company. They're a more likable crew than the previous bunch, but the movie is even looser than its predecessor, and its non-story is sometimes talky and bland. There's no predicting these things, but it doesn't feel like a classic.

As was the case with Dazed and Confused, which helped launch the careers of Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Rory Cochrane, this new film—which naturally features a whole new cast—benefits from the presence of some memorably personable young actors. Blake Jenner (Glee) plays a freshman named Jake, who arrives on a baseball scholarship at the fictitious Southeast Texas University three days before the start of the school year. Checking into one of the frat-style off-campus jock houses, he encounters a predictably motley assortment of fellow ball-players—the studly McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), wigged-out Niles (Juston Street), geeky Nesbit (Austin Amelio), pot philosopher Willoughby (Wyatt Russell), and the effortlessly cool Finnegan (Glen Powell) among them. For the next three days we follow these guys around as they smoke dope, knock back bottles of Schlitz and Lone Star, play foosball and Space Invaders, and cruise around hitting on chicks. There's no Animal House-level debauchery—most of the fun being had has a sweet innocence—but one's tolerance for guy stuff may well be tested.

Unlike Dazed and Confused, this heavily bro-centric movie has minimal need of women, which is too bad—Jake's attraction to a winsome theater major named Beverly (Zoey Deutch, of Vampire Academy) gives the picture a much-needed emotional center. It's a shame the captivating Deutch doesn't have more to do, because she lends Jake another dimension, one that's lacking in his many pals. Jenner is an entirely appealing lead—we never grow tired of having him around. But Deutch and Powell—a virtuoso wisecracker with a hundred-watt grin—are the movie's true stars.

Linklater has devised economical ways to illuminate the period in which the movie is set. In their unending campaign to get laid, the guys make the rounds of various nightspots—one a booming disco called the Sound Machine; another a country hangout, complete with a mechanical bull and "Cotton-Eyed Joe"; and another a newfangled punk venue where the boys are clearly out of place, but can't imagine caring. The pop-cultural changes of the dawning '80s are further charted on the soundtrack, with a cascade of hits by Blondie, Devo, Hot Chocolate, Van Halen, Parliament, the Cars and the Sugarhill Gang. (There's some pretty slick white-boy rapping here, too.)

The picture has its moments as it drifts along. There's a lovely swimming-hole scene, a glowingly lit al fresco party at the theater students' house outside of town, and a giddy burst of vintage pothead gibberish. ("Language is a construct, man…the fuckin' Mayans knew it.") But whenever the jocks take over completely with their incessant banter, the story wobbles. There are too many of these guys, and some of them seem interchangeable. (Maybe it's the surfeit of mustaches.) Linklater has acknowledged that the movie is autobiographical, and clearly the details of time and place mean a lot to him. If only we'd all been there as well.

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  1. I came of age in the mid to late 80s but have older siblings who came of age in the late 70s and early 80s., The period from about 78 to 83 is almost its own decade. The world in 80 and 81 was a totally different world than it was in 1985. The things that people remember as defining the 80s, MTV, personal computers, AIDS, cable television, Reagan, the weirdo fashion, U2, Madonna, Michael Jackson and such had not happened yet. At the same time, it wasn’t what we think of as the 70s either. The 70s really came to a screeching halt in around 78. That was the year disco really jumped the shark. It was the year Van Halen and the Police came out. By 78 all of the great bands of the 70s had done their best work and all of the great movies that people associate with the decade had been made.

    It wasn’t a bad time. You still had a lot of the freedom and fun of the 1970s but without the really fucked up and dark excesses that came with it. The 70s were in many ways a much more fucked up decade than the 60s. In the 60s, the counter culture was a bunch of freaks on the fringes. In the 70s it was mainstream and it didn’t work out so well for a lot of people. Things tamed down a bit in the late 70s and early 80s but were still more free and more fun that what they later became in the 80s.

    1. ‘Freedom and fun’ don’t butter establishment sandwiches.

    2. “The 70s really came to a screeching halt in around 78. ”

      I was out of the Navy with a family by then. Working my butt off to pay for my first house. The 80s are kind of a blurr, just working and being mature. A really bad choice for a wife didn’t make it any better. But I do have fond memories of the late 60’s / early 70’s. A good time to be young.

      1. I am not old enough to remember the late 60s or early 70s, but from what I have heard, i agree. It was before the 55 mile an hour speed limit. The country was less crowded and generally fucked up. Real people who were not homeless or truck stop hookers could and did actually hitchhike back then. And the music was really good too.

        1. Yeah. The cars were great. $50 could get you a decent driver…. gas was $0.28 a gallon… Kids as young as 6 or 7 could go to the store by themselves. Once I could ride a 2 wheeler, I was gone until dinner.

          We had our problems… nuke drills at school… nuns allowed to hit… but all-in-all… a good time.

    3. I went to high school from 1970-74. The fact that I could legally drink when I was in high school makes the 70’s awesome. I can’t even imagine being in college and not being legal.

      1. Like I said above, the 80s sucked in a lot of ways. The 18 year old drinking age went down around 82 I think. I don’t remember when it was ever legal to drink in high school but it was certainly not a very big deal. And no one would have questioned kids drinking in the presence of adults and with the blessing of their parents.

        The 80s was when we really started to go bat shit insane about a lot of things. There was an understandable backlash against some of the excesses of the 70s. But instead of people taking control of their own lives and their own families, they turned to government. So instead of a reestablishment of a reasonable civic culture, we got the establishment of a horrible legalistic one.

        1. In Texas the drinking age went from 19 to 21 two weeks after my 20th birthday in 1986. Hence I was able to legally drink for a year, then was considered underage again. Life was still pretty good though (it usually is when you’re young and healthy) so no major complaints.

    4. The period from about 78 to 83 is almost its own decade.

      I was in high school 79-83.
      It was definitely an interesting time.

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  2. Dazed and Confused = That 70s Show

    This movie = That 80s Show

    Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi might also work.

  3. One other things about the late 70s and early 80s; despite what the hipster doofuses claim, punk didn’t mean shit in this country at the time. To most young people It was something homos and drug fiends in New York did. Punk was a legitimate big deal in England but it wasn’t in America.

    1. “…punk didn’t mean shit in this country at the time.”

      …when punk spits out its jarring best.

    2. Not true, at least in the NYC area it certainly was a thing. I graduated High School in 1976 in the NYC area, and I recall punk being pretty significant.

      1. To most young people It was something homos and drug fiends in New York did.

        1. Not really, I was one of the young people at that time, along with my friends, aquantances, etc., and that is not how we saw punk. Don’t forget that in the late 70s, early 80s, drug use was rampant among almost all groups. It seemed like everyone (myself included) were doing all kinds of drugs on a regular basis, so Punk didn’t really stand out much in that respect. As far as “homos”, that never occurred to us regarding the punk movement.

          1. I was teasing you. It wasn’t really a mass movement. I remember the bufuddled horror my older siblings had of it at the time. It certainly influenced a lot of things that came later. But outside of a very small underground, it never caught on in this country the way it did in the 1980s.

            I mean the Sex Pistols toured America and were playing places like Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. None of those bands every made any money or sold any records in this country until much later.

            1. Okay, it was in large part an underground movement, which of course was part of its appeal. A protest or backlash against disco and other overly commercialized crap.

            2. The places the Sex Pistols played were deliberate. MacLaren put them in places they’d stick out like sore thumbs.

              By 1981 you could buy Never Mind the Bollocks anywhere–I got a yellow cover version at K-Mart

              1. Sure you could. It is just few people actually did that.

                And yes those places were chosen deliberately. The point of the tour was to bring them to places outside of the punk scene. And when they went to those places, no one wanted to see them except as a circus act. It is not like anyone actually listened to or cared about their music.

  4. I was just a little kid, but I think John’s point about the late 70s/early 80s as being almost it’s own decade is true. Sort of a brief period defined musically by punk and New Wave, and with its own fashion sense as well. I think the movie that captures this era best is probably Fast Times at Ridgement High.

  5. The two things I really remember from the time period, from the perspective of a 4-8 year old kid, was 1) video arcades, especially how big Pac-Man was, and 2) the heavy metal album covers and t-shirts I used to be amazed by. When my mom would shop at the grocery store, she’d let me stay in the record section because I loved looking at the amazing artwork on the covers of the albums.

    1. One of my older brother’s father in law ran a video arcade game wholesale business in the early 80s. I remember being 12 years old the week before my brother’s wedding being turned lose in their basement that was filled with every stand up arcade came in existence all there to be played for free. It was quite a memorable evening.

    2. Yeah, I used to take my 10-year-old cousin to the video arcade and give him a roll of quarters. He would entertain himself on Pac-Man for hours.

    3. Pac Man, Space Invaders, Galaxian. The big three. Every bar had one of them. Great memories.

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    Still the best music of my life, I think. Even my nieces and nephews like that stuff better than what’s new today.

    For part of that time period, the Student’s Union ran a bar/pub in the Housing Union Building (HUB Mall), and I remember one time a rather lovely but obnoxious young lady slapped a guy at the same table as me just to prove she could do it. In retaliation, I poured a full pitcher of beer over her head and told her to stop being a wannabe-feminist-cunt.

    Waste of good beer, in retrospect.

    Had that happened today, we’d probably have all ended up in the hoosegow, one way or another. :-/

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