Today, there were two movies that I really wanted to see playing out of town, so I decided to knock them both out in one day. First up was "Everybody Wants Some!!", the one that I wanted to see more out of the two. I had never seen "Dazed and Confused" (even though I now plan to seek it out), however this film looked hilarious, so I wanted to see it.
The biggest complaint that I have heard about the film is that it has a lack of plot. I definitely agree with that statement. The film is more of a character study than anything. The point of the film is to watch these characters have fun. The characters are well-developed and likable, and it is extremely enjoyable to watch 2 hours of their antics. There are many parts of the film that are hilarious. None of the funny parts seem dragged out. There were a few parts of the film that I would have liked to see play out, which could have led to some funny scenes. For example, a time when a character made pot brownies for a party and then the effects were never shown. The film also has some very philosophical moments sprinkled in too.
The acting of the film is great. Blake Jenner is very good in his leading role (he's technically the lead, but not by a wide margin). He brings this awkward personality to the film that is extremely fitting to the character of the "new guy". Glen Powell and Tyler Hoechlin were both standouts in their supporting roles too. Each character bringing a unique, but equally funny style of humor to the film, with the actors capturing them perfectly. The rest of the cast is great too, but those guys were definitely the highlights.
The cinematography of the film is really good, as are the other production elements. The soundtrack is great, but there is one blaring exception: "Everybody Wants Some". Yes, the song that inspired the title of the film seemed to be absent. I may have missed it, but neither I nor the person I was with noticed it.
So "Everybody Wants Some!!" is a really good time at the movies. It doesn't have a consequential plot, which is the only reason that I docked it a bit, but it is funny, philosophical, and has well-written characters. If you get the chance, you should check it out.
Everybody Wants Some!!
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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