Not Everybody Wants Some


Everybody Wants Some directed and written by the Texas-based Richard Linklater, and billed as "the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused," is not very good. First and foremost it lacks any real narrative. It's more of a tone poem on a place and time in history. In this case, the year is 1980 and the campus is an East Texas college and horn-dogs of that college's baseball team -- a collection of predictable cliches that we've seen better served in better period piece comedies. It's not nearly as funny as Animal House or insightful or enlightening. Look, I was in my senior year of college in 1980 and in a fraternity much hornier and crazier than this fictitious baseball team.  

While there are a few sweet and amusing scenes, it's really cinema lite. Moreover, I really didn't care for any of the characters and most of the actors playing them appeared to be older than the characters they were hired to play. Thankfully, the music was authentic, but many of the music scenes seemed hopelessly staged for a low budget movie. The cars and stereo equipment were authentic, but that hardly warrants the praise that some critics have heaped on this feature. 

Given the worthy accolades of Linklater's groundbreaking Boyhood, save your money and buy or stream the soundtrack. That's authentic and something you may actual want. 




Mr. Wright is a content creator and cultural curator. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post, former DJ at David Lynch's Transcendental Music Radio, the former editor of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and television. He's also a singer/songwriter who has released five solo albums and one with folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was a William Morris agent.

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