‘Everybody Wants Some!!’
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).