Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

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But Do They, Really?

Director: Richard Linklater
Running Time: 117 Minutes
Starring: Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch,Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell, Wyatt Russell, Will Brittain, Forrest Vickery, Temple Baker, Tanner Kalina, Austin Amelio, Juston Street, Quinton Johnson, Dora Madison Burge

Taking place in early 1980, hotshot pitcher Jake (Blake Jenner) arrives at college three days before classes start. He's there to play Baseball, but over the course of the weekend, he'll get to solidify friendships with his teammates, venture to various parties, and meet girls, in one heck of a summer blowout.

Much like his 2014 hit, Boyhood, Richard Linklater doesn't focus so much on the plot. Instead, he crafts the picture as a snapshot of life, specifically centred at a time and place, ready to elicit nostalgia for some. At the core of it all lies sweet friendships between believable characters, as they share conversations about inane matters and wax philosophical, focus on personal achievements, passions and generally partake in good times.

The lack of a real narrative arc doesn't hinder the overall picture, as every moment spent following the adventures of these characters is completely worthwhile. This is especially truthful when the focus lies on an ensemble so enchanting, with each and every member proving to be wholly lovable, (especially Scream Queens' Glen Powell, who proves to be the films MVP). Granted, the picture is lacking in female characters who aren't love interests or there to be hit on, but considering the films focus is on a group of male jocks in college, should this be a surprise?

As the film reaches its end and classes begin, the camera bears witness to a quotation written on a blackboard, "Frontiers are where you find them". As final messages go, it's a reassuring one that encourages being true to yourself, no matter what possibilities and barriers lie in front of you. Proving to be nothing short of an utter delight, Everybody Wants Some!! is ready to leave viewers with a smile on their faces.