REVIEW: “EVERYBODY WANTS SOME” (2016) Paramount Pictures

“Everybody Wants Some” consists of little more than film of a bunch of overly-competitive jocks joking with each other, partying, and trying to get laid over the course of three days before school starts.

With the countdown on, the opening of the film doesn’t even attempt to describe what’s going to happen and the end of the film barely describes what happened beforehand.

The cast of the film (i.e., the 12 guys who make up the group of athletes) Nesbit (Austin Amelio), McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), Jake (Blake Jenner), Roper (Ryan Guzman), Willoughby (Wyatt Russell), Finnegan (Glen Powell), Plummer (Temple Baker), Dale (J. Quinton Johnson), Beuter (Will Brittain), Jay (Juston Street), Brumley (Tanner Kalina), and Coma (Forrest Vickery) are baseball players, yet there is no baseball played until the very end. They are basically just on one big continual lookout for stimulus in the largest and tiniest things…and really whatever kind of stimulus they can get their hands on whether it be getting stoned, constantly drunk or high.
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Story-wise, it unfolds over almost every part of the 80’s era, which is, as far as I could tell, undefined yet each night takes us to a different flavor of the time: disco, punk, you name it…which makes the soundtrack very listenable..and the best part of this lackluster film.

Featuring bad frat-boy dialogue or a narrative that tries to hard with a cast of guys that look to be in their late 20’s & early 30’s vs. college age, this is Linklater’s new film and his signature style slightly suffering from the post-Boyhood effect with people noticeably walking out within 20-30 minutes. As the lives and summers of eternal youth unfold: partying, billiards, male competition, table tennis, loves, pinball machines, pranks, disco, dance music. And of course girls, all about the girls. For the boys “this is the best day of their lives – until tomorrow.”
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This is not even a close comparison to Dazed & Confused which is a classic and as with most Linklater movies..they tend to run an hour to long ~ this one is no exception.

Grade: D

Review Screening: Monday, March 28, 2016 ~ Courtesy LAFILM-TV
In limited release ~ Friday, March 30,2016 ~ Nationwide Release: Friday, April 8, 2016

4 thoughts on “REVIEW: “EVERYBODY WANTS SOME” (2016) Paramount Pictures”

  1. Great review 🙂 I have not seen this yet, but I have seen a lot of Richard Linklater’ other films. I have re-watched his whole filmography and the only ones that have held up for me are Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight and School of Rock. They have all been very good, but the other ones not so much and that includes Boyhood and Dazed and Confused. You want to know who makes great social genre comedies? The answer to that question is Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The World’s End). Those are unique 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂 P.S. did you get to see Batman v Superman yet? 🙂

    1. I liked the “Sun” movies also & School of Rock..And having met the man a few times now, he is really a genuinely nice person. Boyhood was a brilliant idea behind an average film. I do like Shaun, Fuzz etc.. and no haven’t seen BvS yet.. They had cancelled our media screening & I just haven’t made it out on my own as I’ve literally had a premiere or a screening each day for the past 10 days.. I need a break.. 😀

  2. Enjoyed your review and the soundtrack looks great!

    PS Couple of spelling issues. Should be “too” “An hour to long” and “tries to hard with a cast”

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