Everybody Wants Some!! (Blu-ray Review)8 Jul, 2016 By: John Latchem
Box office $3.4 million
DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99
Rated ‘R’ for language throughout, sexual content, drug use and some nudity
Stars Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Will Brittain, Quinton Johnson.
Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! follows a group of college baseball players the weekend before the start of their school year in 1980. The period setting of the film has led many to label it as a spiritual successor to his 1993 classic Dazed and Confused, as its characters spend their time partying and chasing women to the strains of a classic rock soundtrack.
The story is pretty straightforward, focusing primarily on the efforts of freshman Jake (Blake Jenner) to win the affections of Beverly (Zoey Deutch in a role her mother, Lea Thompson, likely would have played in the real 1980).
The film never gets too raunchy and out of control, while the inherent nostalgia of its setting ups the cool factor in what is otherwise a pretty affable coming-of-age story.
Viewers looking to absorb more of the film’s mood can check out 25 minutes of deleted scenes and outtakes.
Linklater is the center of a four-minute “Rickipedia” featurette that focuses on his pinpoint knowledge of the 1970s and 1980s.
“Baseball Players Can Dance” is a seven-minute featurette about how the actors trained to perform in several scenes set in a Disco club.
“History 101: Stylin’ the ’80s” is a four-minute look at the moustaches, hairstyles and costumes on display in the film.
Finally, the Blu-ray includes more than five minutes of skills videos created by the actors during the audition process to show off their ability to look convincing playing baseball.
On a side note, the movie has a bit of a connection to the “Supergirl” TV show, in that Jenner guested on the show and is married to its star, Melissa Benoist, and Tyler Hoechlin is set to appear as Superman.