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Di­rec­tor: Richard Lin­klater (Boy­hood) Star­ring: Blake Jen­ner, Will Brit­tain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guz­man, Tyler Hoech­lin, J. Quin­ton John­son

IN late 2014, re­mark­ably pro­lific US film­maker Richard Lin­klater un­veiled Boy­hood, a dra­matic por­trait of the first 18 years of life.

Now, Lin­klater re­turns with Every­body Wants Some!!, a light and loose com­edy mounted on a rad­i­cally smaller scale than its pre­de­ces­sor.

The time span here falls just short of four days for the cen­tral fig­ure in the film, a young man who is about to start col­lege.

How­ever, the film does have a sig­nif­i­cant link to Boy­hood in that it shares the same re­laxed, un­hur­ried view of the world.

There is a nat­u­ral flow of con­ver­sa­tion and en­ergy cours­ing be­tween the fea­tured char­ac­ters of both films that is truly unique in to­day’s cinema.

The vividly evoca­tive re­sults that Lin­klater con­sis­tently achieves con­tinue to speak for them­selves.

The year is 1980. Jake (Blake Jen­ner) is a fresh­man with de­signs on mak­ing the base­ball team at his new col­lege home in Texas.

With classes yet to start, the pitcher has plenty of time at his dis­posal to get to know the guys who could soon be­come his team­mates.

What fol­lows is three days and nights of undis­tilled male bond­ing, con­ducted by young gentle­men at a cer­tain stage in life where they are no longer boys but still some way off from be­com­ing men.

If any­body but Lin­klater was at the di­rec­to­rial con­trols, view­ers could be for­given for ex­pect­ing the movie to give in to any and all crotch-scratch­ing, cringe-in­duc­ing in­cli­na­tions at some point.

Thank­fully, it never strikes a false note. In­stead of brac­ing your­self for the worst, you’re soon rev­el­ling in the best the film has to of­fer.

There is some­thing both truly deep and ut­terly mean­ing­less about that par­tic­u­lar point in a per­son’s life, when pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are nowhere to be found.

Lin­klater and his largely un­known ensem­ble of ac­tors cap­ture the true essence of these hazy, hal­cyon days with great hu­mour, heart and warmth.

The flaw­less pe­riod pro­duc­tion de­sign and im­pec­ca­bly cu­rated sound­track also con­trib­ute to the ad­dic­tively un­in­hib­ited vibe in play at all times.

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