Everybody Wants Some!! Blu-ray review
It’s the summer of 1980. College freshman Jake (Blake Jenner, who appeared on GLEE) drives through town accompanied by “My Sharona,” eyeing anything in a pair of cutoff denim shorts. Class starts in three days.
He pulls up to the house he’ll be sharing with his fellow teammates on the Southeast Texas University Cherokees. It’s a colorful crew to say the least. They have firm opinions on pitchers, girls, beer, clothes, waterbeds, competition and their coach’s rules. They bust balls when necessary and bounce the words to “Rapper’s Delight” about their shared car when it’s on the radio. They’re a baseball team, but they’re also much more.
There isn’t much of a plot going on. The boys go to bars and dance clubs, hit the diamond, take girls upstairs, shoot pool, haze, flick each other’s knuckles and make it from dawn to dusk. But the plot isn’t important here. (There is a small subplot involving Jake and a theater girl named Beverly (Zoey Deutch, DIRTY GRANDPA), but it doesn’t amount to a whole lot.) Richard Linklater’s EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! is very much a study of character and a capsule of a specific time. Regarding the latter, the film looks as it should and sounds as it should, with a soundtrack that includes Parliament, Cheap Trick, Blondie, Kool & the Gang, Pat Benatar, Queen and Van Halen (who lend a pair of songs, including the film’s namesake) to list a small selection.
But this is something of a shortchange, as the time represented isn’t just the era. It’s that time in a young man’s life when the whole thing is about something far different than it will be in four years. To a degree, it does for the last weekend before school starts what DAZED AND CONFUSED did for the first day of summer.
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! serves as something of a supplement to DAZED AND CONFUSED. And with its ensemble cast of mostly unknowns, themes of innocence, moments of revelry and credits-to-credits tunes, it’s hard not to think of Linklater’s 1993 classic. At the same time, one can consider BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE SUNSET and BEFORE MIDNIGHT. Throughout the two decades it took for that trilogy to play out, Linklater (as well as Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) matured greatly. It is similar here, and Linklater has shown significant growth with the subject matter since his days at Lee High School back in “1976.”
Perhaps above all, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! is—as everything down to the exclamations suggests—fun. The cast assembled here—Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell, Wyatt Russell, Will Brittain, Forrest Vickery, Temple Baker, Tanner Kalina, Austin Amelio, Juston Street and Quinton Johnson—has such a terrific chemistry that every scene, whether at a party or on the field, is a blast, with each jab a playful sting, each beer properly chilled and each outing an unpredictable adventure.
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! is something we occasionally expect from Richard Linklater. And when it arrives, like summer, it’s hard not to be smiling.
Video: 1.85:1 in 1080p with MPEG-4 AVC codec. The high-definition transfer nicely captures the production and costume design, aiding in the authentic retro look of the film.
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; French 5.1 Dolby Digital; Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital. Subtitles in English, French and Spanish. Dialogue is clear and the soundtrack (mentioned in the review) comes through with just the sort of hit it should.
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! More Stuff That’s Not in the Movie (25:24): An enjoyable collection of deleted scene and outtakes are housed here.
Rickipedia (3:57) goes into writer/director Richard Linklater’s encyclopedic knowledge of the details featured in the movie, from cars to music.
Baseball Players Can Dance (6:42): This featurette looks at the dance and baseball training sessions that the cast had to go through.
Skills Videos (5:17): Collected here are clips from footage that the cast had to record as part of the audition process.
History 101: Stylin’ the 80s (4:20) looks at the costumes and wigs that helped shape the characters.