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In the summer of 1980, freshman pitcher Jake moves into an old college house with his new rowdy teammates. Together, they must navigate their way between girls, parties and baseball, all in the last weekend before school begins. (From the Paramount synopsis)

 Everybody Wants Some!!
For the first 30 minutes of Everybody Wants Some!! I absolutely did not want more of this movie. You should be warned: this is movie about jock baseball bros being bros. They wanna drink, party, and hook up with women in the final days before classes start, and that's basically the story you get here. But over the course of the remaining hour and a half it really grew on me, and I'd love to know if that was Linklater's intention. I've been on high school sports teams and know all about the rowdy testosterone-fueled bunch they can be, but I've also seen the good side of their comradery and the loving sense of humor a team can develop among themselves. Everybody Wants Some!! taps into the latter, and nearly each of these masculine personalities gets deconstructed in a small way to endearing results. The best compliment I can pay is that by the time it was over I wanted to spend more time with this team. I sort of wish it was a television pilot.

I have to give major credit to the casting team for this picture. It's very rare that I see a studio released film and recognize maybe one person in it. It's even more rare that all these new faces are really good at what they do. Aside from Juston Street, whose comedic character was just far too broad and over the top for my taste, I loved every performance. Their extreme likability surely helped sway my feelings. Blake Jenner's leading man, Jake, is effortlessly likable. He isn't too much of a jock and gets along with other kinds of people. His budding relationship with a performing arts student, and an old friend who is now into punk, give the screenplay excuses to roll around in other '80s subcultures for a bit. It's fun in a "tour the '80s" kind of way, but with the running time being on the long side I would not mind seeing some of these segments cut.

If you are looking for any kind of conflict in your stories, you won't find it here. The closest thing to a conflict is a baseball teammate who is unstable and gets a little too fired up. Linklater's '80s is unfettered nostalgia. Characters bounce from scene to scene conversing about different aspects of life with no real structure or narrative thrust, and that's fine. If you find yourself on its laid back wavelength it can be a joy to watch, but it won't be for everyone. Personally I prefer Greg Mottola's Adventureland for my rose-tinted '80s throwback, but there is room in the world for both kinds of movies. Just a heads up: you should probably turn the movie off as soon as the credits begin to avoid an ironic rap video featuring the cast. The placement in the credits make it harmless enough, but my aversion to it is so strong that I feel compelled to warn you.

 Everybody Wants Some!!

Video


Everybody Wants Some!! was shot on the Arri Alexa and it sure looks like it. Detail is very strong and the natural color palette are well represented with a high bitrate on this disc. The image does have a warm inclination, with skin tones often appearing reddish, but not enough to be distracting. Aside from the few club scenes and a party put on by performing arts students, there isn't a lot of visual flair to this portrayal of the '80s. Linklater does not seem interested in the usual Hollywood '80s portrayal with neon spandex. Here he is working with director of photography Shane F. Kelly again, and the visuals are reminiscent of Boyhood. As far as the transfer goes there is little to complain about. There's a faint digital noise over some scenes, more common in dark interiors than anywhere else, that is noticeable but hardly worth commenting on. Aside from that it's a great looking disc.

Audio


The back of the box for Everybody Wants Some!! contains logos for DTS-X and DTS Headphone: X tracks, but neither are present on the disc. What we do have is a perfectly fine DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. The soundtrack is loaded with memorable '80s tracks. After all, the title of the film is taken from one. The songs are used well and never draw too much attention to themselves, plus they sound great on this Blu-ray. I feel like I say this a lot but this movie is mostly people talking. There isn't a lot to fill those surround channels, so they mostly go unused, but they light up with effective background noise and ambiance during party or club scenes. Dialogue is perfectly clear and I never had to adjust any volume levels during play.

 Everybody Wants Some!!

Extras


Special features begin with Everybody Wants Some!! More Stuff That's Not in the Movie (HD, 25:24). This is a long collection of some deleted/alternate takes and outtakes merged into one montage. Rickipedia (HD, 03:57) is a quick, loving featurette where members of the cast talk about Linklater's seemingly endless and specific knowledge about random things. Baseball Players Can Dance (HD, 06:42) is a behind the scenes look at the dance lessons the cast members took to prepare for the film.

Skills Videos (HD, 05:17) is the cast members talking about and showing footage from a "skill video" they had to submit after getting a callback from the casting people. We get to see their homemade baseball videos, but with an obnoxious scanline effect over them. The last extra is History 101: Stylin' in the '80s (HD, 04:20). As you probably expected, this covers some of the wardrobe/makeup decisions that went into portraying the era. The guys talk about their mustaches and short shorts.

 Everybody Wants Some!!

Overall


I can't recall the last movie that pulled such a one-eighty for me. The first chunk of Everybody Wants Some!! was insufferable. I didn't care about these jocks and watching them have their version of fun did nothing for me. By the time it was over I wished I could spend more time with them. Linklater somehow pulled it off. Maybe it was the short vulnerable moments each character went through, or perhaps the easygoing nature of the screenplay eventually wore down my grumpiness. If you're a fan of Linklater, and more specifically of Dazed and Confused, this is definitely worth a look. Don't let that painful trailer fool you. This Blu-ray from Paramount is spot on in the audio and video department. Extras aren't especially memorable, but there are a good amount of them and they have the same fun energy as the film.

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* Note: The above images are taken from the Blu-ray and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.


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