The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - MOVIE REVIEWS WITH LEIGH PAATSCH -

US, 117 min

In late 2014, pro­lific Amer­i­can film­maker Richard Lin­klater un­veiled Boy­hood, a gen­tly epic dra­matic por­trait of the first 18 years of life. Now Lin­klater re­turns with a light and loose com­edy mounted on a smaller scale. The time span cov­ered here falls just short of four days. How­ever, Everybody

Wants Some!! does have a 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. The year is 1980. Jake (Blake Jen­ner) is a fresh­man stu­dent with de­signs on mak­ing the base­ball squad at his new col­lege home in Texas. What fol­lows is three days and nights of undis­tilled male bonding, con­ducted by young gents at a cer­tain stage in life where they are no longer boys, but still some way off be­com­ing men. The evoca­tive re­sults Lin­klater con­sis­tently achieves con­tinue to speak for them­selves.

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