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Everybody Wants Some!! is a 2016 American comedy film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, about college baseball players in Texas in 1980. The film stars Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell, Will Brittain, and Wyatt Russell. It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2016,[4] and was theatrically released in the United States on March 30, 2016, by Paramount Pictures. The film grossed $4.6 million against a $10 million budget but was critically acclaimed.[5][6]

Everybody Wants Some!!
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Linklater
Produced by
Written byRichard Linklater
Starring
Music byJohn Debney
CinematographyShane F. Kelly
Edited bySandra Adair
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11) (SXSW)
  • March 30, 2016 (2016-03-30) (United States)
Running time
116 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10 million[2]
Box office$4.6 million[3]

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PlotEdit

In Texas in the fall of 1980, college freshman Jake Bradford, a former all state pitcher in high school, moves into an off-campus house with other members of the college baseball team. He meets several teammates, including his roommate Billy, who has been nicknamed "Beuter" because of his Deep Southern accent. He joins Finnegan, Roper, Dale, and Plummer cruising the campus by car, looking for women. Upperclassmen Roper, an unapologetic hound dog, and Finnegan, adopting a false feminist tone, both "strike out" with two attractive young women, but one of them, Beverly, says she likes Jake ("the quiet guy in the back seat"); he makes a note of her room number.

At a team meeting in the house, the coach introduces the new players, who include freshmen Jake, Plummer, Beuter, and Brumley, and transfer students Jay, recruited for his professional-level pitching, and Willoughby, a bearded philosopher-stoner. The coach cites two rules: no alcohol in the house, and no women upstairs. The team quickly disregards the rules and hosts a drunken party during which several team members take women up to their bedrooms. The next morning, Beuter leaves temporarily for home, concerned that his girlfriend is pregnant.

The next day, the team goes out drinking and "cruising chicks" together. They begin the night at a local disco. Jay makes arrogant, racist remarks to a bartender, provoking a brawl. The team is ejected from the disco. Jay goes home, and the rest of the team changes their clothes and heads to a western-themed bar to end their night on a high note. The next day Willoughby shares his marijuana, music, and philosophy with the freshmen. That afternoon, Jake happens upon Justin, a high school teammate who has embraced punk subculture. He invites the team to a punk concert, and with Jake's encouragement they go. Jake leaves flowers and a note on Beverly's apartment door that night, then attends a massive party at their house.

The next morning, Beverly calls him and they agree to meet. She says she's a performing arts major; Jake answers only that he's a baseball player, based on advice Finnegan gave him. At the team's first unofficial practice session, Jay upsets his teammates by pitching aggressively. McReynolds, the team's captain and best player, puts Jay in his place when he hits a home run off of him. The coach unexpectedly shows up and calls Willoughby off the pitcher's mound. It is later revealed that Willoughby is 30 years old and has been fraudulently transferring to new colleges so he can continue playing ball and enjoying the student lifestyle.

Beverly invites Jake to "Oz", a costume party thrown by performing-arts students every fall. Jake mentions the party to his teammates and tries to tell them they wouldn't enjoy it, but they cajole him into taking them. Although they initially don't fit in with the atmosphere and activities, they end up enjoying themselves all the same. Finnegan is ridiculed by his friends for pretending to be into astrology, and Jake takes part in an improvised Alice in Wonderland–themed take on The Dating Game. Jake and Beverly spend the rest of the night together.

The next morning, the semester begins and Jake and Beverly walk to class together. Two teammates razz Jake for not returning home that night. He runs into Plummer in his classroom, and they settle in for their first lecture. Their history professor enters and writes "Frontiers are where you find them" on the chalkboard. As their first college class officially begins, Jake and Plummer fall asleep.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Linklater wrote the first draft of the film in mid-2005, and tried to finance it in 2009, but could not get production off the ground until Annapurna Pictures became involved.[2]

In August 2014, Linklater ceased involvement on the Warner Bros. film The Incredible Mr. Limpet, saying that he wanted to concentrate on a university-set, 1980s baseball film under the working title That's What I'm Talking About. The project is considered a spiritual sequel to Linklater's 1993 film Dazed and Confused, which was set on the last day of high school in 1976.[7] Linklater also considers the film a "spiritual sequel" to Boyhood because "it begins right where Boyhood ends with a guy showing up at college and meeting his new roommates and a girl."[8]

In September, Linklater offered Jenner, Hoechlin, Russell, and Guzman roles as members of the baseball team the film focuses on.[9][10] Hoechlin chose his role over returning to the fifth season of MTV's series Teen Wolf.[9] Later in September, Annapurna Pictures became involved as a financial producer of the film, while Paramount Pictures signed on to handle distribution rights.[11] More cast members were announced, including Deutch, Brittain, and Powell.[12]

Principal photography began on October 13, 2014 in Austin, Texas.[13][14] Filming took place in Weimar, Texas, from October 15 to December 2. Other shooting locations included San Marcos, Texas, Bastrop, Texas, Elgin, Texas and San Antonio.[14][15] A night shoot involving extras occurred on October 31, 2014, for a costume party scene in Taylor, Texas.[16]

SoundtrackEdit

ReleaseEdit

On July 27, 2015, Paramount Pictures set the film for an April 15, 2016 release in the United States.[17] In February 2016, the film was moved up to April 1, in a limited release.[18] It was then moved to March 30.[19]

The film received a limited release across 19 locations in New York City and Los Angeles on March 30. Deadline Hollywood said "should the film make $20K per theater that would be great. If it makes north of a $35K average, that would be fantastic."[20] The film's opening weekend per-screen gross was $16,440; the final gross was $4.6 million—well below the film's $10 million budget.[21]

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, 87% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 186 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Nostalgic in the best sense, Everybody Wants Some!! finds Richard Linklater ambling through the past with a talented cast, a sweetly meandering story, and a killer classic rock soundtrack."[22] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 83 out of 100 based on 50 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[6]

AccoladesEdit

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Detroit Film Critics Society December 19, 2016 Best Ensemble Everybody Wants Some!! Nominated [23]
Gotham Awards November 28, 2016 Best Feature Everybody Wants Some!! Nominated [24]
Audience Award Everybody Wants Some!! Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ McKittrick, Christopher (December 29, 2014). ""I want to tell a story in a new way" – Linklater on Boyhood". creativescreenwriting.com. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (September 12, 2014). "Richard Linklater Setting Lineup Card For Baseball Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  10. ^ Yamato, Jen (September 16, 2014). "'Step Up's Ryan Guzman Joins Richard Linklater Baseball Pic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (September 29, 2014). "Paramount to Distribute Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Follow-Up". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (September 29, 2014). "Paramount, Megan Ellison Back Richard Linklater's Baseball Movie". variety.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  13. ^ "Loving 1980, where a solid mustache belongs on the dance floor not the sex offender registry". twitter.com. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Richard Linklater's 'That's What I'm Talking About' begins filming in Austin; Extras needed". onlocationvacations.com. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  15. ^ RANEY, NICOLE (September 30, 2014). "Wanna be in a Linklater film? Austin-area extras needed for possible Dazed and Confused sequel". culturemap.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  16. ^ "Dazed and Confused Sequel, 'That's What I'm Talking About' Casting Call". projectcasting.com. October 28, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  17. ^ McNary, Dave (July 27, 2015). "Richard Linklater Baseball Comedy to Release April 15". variety.com. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  18. ^ McNary, Dave (February 17, 2016). "Richard Linklater's 'Everybody Wants Some' Gets April 1 Release". Variety. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  19. ^ A Lincoln, Ross (March 18, 2016). "Paramount Shifts Release Dates For 'Everybody Wants Some' & 'Same Kind Of Different As Me'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  20. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (March 30, 2016). "'Batman V Superman' Will Remain The Main Event With $58M-$66M 2nd Weekend As Major Studios Take A Holiday". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  21. ^ "Everybody Wants Some!!". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  22. ^ "Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  23. ^ Graham, Adam (December 14, 2016). "Local critics: 'Moonlight', 'Manchester' best of 2016". The Detroit News. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  24. ^ Cox, Gordon (October 20, 2016). "Gotham Awards Nominations 2016: 'Manchester By The Sea' Leads with Four". Variety. Retrieved October 20, 2016.

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