Wyatt Russell

Review: “Everybody Wants Some!!” Disappoints

Director Richard Linklater commits an error with a college baseball comedy that's a big step down from "Boyhood."

Richard Linklater has banked an incredible amount of goodwill, and it didn’t just start with the breakthrough, Oscar-nominated, thoroughly warranted success of 2015’s best movie, “Boyhood.” For decades now, Linklater has charted his own path, following through on the promise of his early cult hits “Slacker” and “Dazed and Confused” to emerge as a genuinely important American filmmaker, one whose work usually mixes head and heart in perfect proportion.

Unfortunately, that track record only makes his latest, “Everybody Wants Some!!,” even more of a disappointment. “Dazed” (which this film is being marketed as the ‘spiritual sequel’ to) was a movie about youth by a director with wisdom beyond his years. “Boyhood” was a movie about youth from the perspective of a parent who hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to be young. But “EWS!!” (the exclamation points are mandatory) has a thin, bland, laziness to it that makes it seem like the middle-aged Linklater has misplaced his mojo.

 

Glen Powell plays Finnegan, Blake Jenner plays Jake, Temple Baker plays Plummer and Wyatt Russell plays Willoughby in Everybody Wants Some from Paramount Pictures and Annapurna Pictures.

Glen Powell plays Finnegan, Blake Jenner plays Jake, Temple Baker plays Plummer and Wyatt Russell plays Willoughby in Everybody Wants Some from Paramount Pictures and Annapurna Pictures.

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