Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) movie poster

director Richard Linklater
viewed: 09/11/2016

Seriously imbued with the classic male gaze, Everybody Wants Some!! is a paean to bro-ness and not in any meta way.

Richard Linklater wrote and directed Everybody Wants Some!! and it has been marketed as a spiritual follow-up to his cult hit Dazed and Confused (1993).  It does seem to reckon of a personal story, covering three days in the lives of a bunch of college baseball players, meeting up for a weekend of partying in Austin, TX the weekend prior to the start of the school year.  They delve into disco, country, and eventually punk, plus sex and drugs and general cool vibes.

It’s all about the dudes.  Guys being guys.

It seems likely that a number of the young people in this film will go on to more notable careers.  They are mostly an affable bunch.

While the guys aren’t exactly sleazy bastards doing terrible things, it is a portrait of young malehood, with moderate levels of sensitivity, but lacking much in the way of criticism.  It’s a love letter.  To a time and place.  To an age.  To itself?

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