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‘Every­body Wants Some!!’

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IN Richard Lin­klater’s se­quel to “Dazed and Con­fused,” Jake Brad­ford (Blake Jen­ner) is a fresh­man base­ball pitcher who ar­rives in Septem­ber 1980 at South­east Texas Univer­sity, where he moves in with his fu­ture team­mates and fra­ter­nity broth­ers. There he meets star se­nior Glenn (Tyler Hoech­lin), the phi­los­o­phiz­ing chat­ter­box Finn (a tremen­dous Glen Pow­ell) and the bearded stoner trans­fer from Cal­i­for­nia, Wil­loughby (Wy­att Rus­sell). Jake eas­ily and confi- dently joins them as they bounce from night­club to night­club, and prowl the park­ing lots for women.

Though the team is na­tion­ally ranked and they take their sport se­ri­ously, pro­fes­sional base­ball is largely an ac­knowl­edged pipe dream. Be­sides, there’s so much more to be ex­cited about. Ev­ery night is a dif­fer­ent club (disco, country line danc­ing, punk). Books and records are passed around like joints.

A count­down to the start of classes runs through­out, but not in a fore­bod­ing way. Out of the aim­less­ness, a sense of pur­pose is grow­ing. The world is open­ing up to Jake, who be­gins dat­ing a the­ater stu­dent (Zoey Deutch).


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