Movie Review: Everybody Wants Some!!
I don’t like Richard Linklater. I think his movies are fine and watchable enough but pretentious in that they think they don’t need plots. Everybody Wants Some!! is no different.
It follows Jake and his crew of baseball teammates in the first few days of his college career, which mainly consist of partying and chasing girls. There’s so much beer in this movie I thought I could smell it (turns out the girl behind me had a cup of it, actually, so I guess I really did smell it). It’s funny because watching this movie was like watching some (okay, all) of my weekends at college from the other side—I was a girl going with friends to frat parties, and this movie felt like watching the frat guys from their point of view, being bros and drinking and talking about girls. By the way, I hate (HATE HATE HATE) frat parties. Psi U was the bane of my existence in college. Horrible. But that’s beside the point.
Back to my point—it was interesting watching this movie because I liked the characters, and I’m pretty sure I did not like most of the guys that were similar to them in college. These characters are bros, sure, but they’re likable and well-rounded and funny. The movie did a good job of making something that even someone like me—who likes to be home on a Friday night in pajamas eating French fries and watching Gilmore Girls—could enjoy and appreciate and laugh with.
The movie did not, however, keep my attention because after 45 minutes I realized that, yeah, this was the plot: watching a baseball team hang out. Fun for a while but not really sustainable for two hours. They threw in a half-baked romance plot towards the end, but the movie was really about the characters and honestly, needed just a little bit something else to make it pop.
Stars: 3 out of 5
Bring with you: Beer, like the girl behind me
In film, the jock character is usually an all or nothing proposition. He's either the scrappy underdog, the star of his or her own story that unexpectedly triumphs in the big game (or valiantly loses and proves something about his character in the process) or, if it's not a sports movie, the impeccably chinned, girlfriend-stealing villain thwarting the scrappy underdog hero that will inevitably get what's coming to him.
In Everybody Wants Some, the jock is neither of the above. He's just another person like you or me, man. And as Linklater is never one to settle for the minimum, he gives us ten or twelve different interpretations of what is usually the most one-dimensional of stock characters.
As in most Linklater movies, the plot and premise is just a pretense to get a dizzying number of characters talking. This is an enjoyably rambling movie loaded with dialogue and light on plot. The reason the movie is so enjoyable is because all of the characters work and all of their conversations are interesting and entertaining. And like most good Linklater films, they're life affirming in the best possible way. It's hard not to leave the theater with a smile on your face, jazzed about life and all of the stupid, crazy, silly endearing people in it.
Bob's Rating: 5/5
How does it compare to other Linklater movie about people hanging out and talking?
Better than: Slacker
Worse than: Dazed and Confused