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Everybody Wants Some

Everybody Wants Some
Blake Jenner, Glen Powell, Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, and Zoey Deutch

Rated: R for language throughout, sexual content, drug use and some nudity.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: March 30, 2016 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Richard Linklater's latest ode to unadulterated freedom from adult auspices may play to certain audiences as a follow-up to his Dazed and Confused and, more recently, Boyhood in that it centers on the erelong collegiate experience with one of its tag lines being - "Here for a good time, not a long time."

Everybody Wants Some!! again has the self-taught Houston native writer-director in top form in capturing a lifelikeness set in 1980  filmed in part in Texas State University.  Jake (Blake Jenner of TV's Glee) is heading down a dusty path to a faux college baseball team with hi-fi items and clothes in tow, parking in front of an effete habitation.

Beginning to know the rest of the team some of whom are less welcoming to Jake than others again emphasizes the auteur's relaxed, lived-in way with story and characters. His facile maneuvering of a sizable ensemble cast which isn't lost in the shuffle is intact as folks like these still have to be reclaimed, redeemed, renewed, restored and revived to some degree.

Besides Jake there is the good-humored Finnegan or Finn (Glen Powell, also seen in Linklater's Fast Food Nation, who knows how to offer élan to much of the tableau on view). Also, making impressions are Tyler Hoechlin's McReynolds, Wyatt Russell's Willoughby and Ryan Guzman's Roeper. And, adding distaff drive and a balancing composure is Zoey Deutch (daughter of Howard Deutch and Lea élanThompson) as Beverly.

This "spiritual sequel" may not have the singular authentic dimensionality of the aforementioned films but Some definitely has something that nearly is akin to everybody. Even perhaps on more than one level with one sign of the times starting with The Knack and including The Cure is another example of a high-spirited soundtrack for a typically modest budget.

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