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Everybody Wants Some!!
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08.30.2016 By: Lauren Bradshaw
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Director:
Richard Linklater

Actors:
Blake Jenner
Ryan Guzman
Zoey Deutch

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
It is the year 1980. A young college freshman (Blake Jenner) on a baseball scholarship gets to bond with his fellow teammates, and of course indulge in the party scene, the week before classes begin at his southeast Texas university.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As shown in DAZED AND CONFUSED, BOYHOOD, and now EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, writer/director Richard Linklater is a mastermind when it comes to using film to immerse audiences in a certain time and place. His films make you feel as though you are living in a distinct time period for as long as you are watching the movie. From the production design to the performances and looks of the actors, Linklater and his expert crew make the setting of a film a character in itself. Never is this attention to detail more apparent than in EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! (two exclamation points required).

Not only is the set design, hair and makeup, and costumes incredibly accurate to the era, but Linklater also makes the film as realistic as possible by writing a realistic script and casting actors and non-actors in the lead roles. I hate when I am watching a movie and it feels as though it is an actor delivering in lines. However, in EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! the dialogue is so natural, it feel improvised. To fill out the cast, many soon-to-be actors were also recruited from local Austin baseball programs. Thanks to some pretty extensive team-building exercises (as shown on the Blu-Ray special features), which ranged from dance classes to baseball practice, the cast really did seem like friends throughout the filmmaking process. Their bromance chemistry was the heart of the film, and added another element to the general feel-good nature of it.

Rounding out this nostalgic powerhouse is its kickass soundtrack, with songs ranging from "My Sharona" to "Rapper's Delight" to Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some!!"... sound familiar? Much like in BOYHOOD, these songs add another layer of place to the movie's atmosphere. It is elements like these that show Linklater's prowess for feel-good, throwback films, making them look as effortless as they are entertaining.
THE EXTRAS
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! More Stuff That's Not in the Movie- A 25 minute collection of behind-the-scenes footage from the set, as well as unused scenes, outtakes, and bloopers.

Rickipedia- This feature highlights the nickname, "Rickipedia", cast and crew lovingly bestowed on Linklater for his memory and breadth of knowledge on anything under the sun, especially when it comes to 80s products and lingo.

Baseball Players Can Dance- Not only did the actors need to know how to play baseball, they also had to perfect their dance moves, as shown in this hilarious featurette.

Skills Videos- This featurette shows the cast members' skills on the baseball field. The actors made "skills videos" to send to Richard Linklater, highlighting their baseball prowess, for the casting process.

History 101: Stylin' the 80s- A brief explanation of the film's hair/makeup process, costumes, and production design; how the filmmakers dressed the sets to make it have a distinctly 80s feel.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! is a really entertaining movie that will take you back to the best moments of the 80s. Whether you're a baseball fan or not, I think anyone would enjoy this entertaining celebration of yesteryear. Linklater again hits this one out of the park, and also contributes a lot of good material to the Blu-Ray.
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