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Everybody Wants Some!!

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Raunchy but funny and thoughtful early '80s college comedy.

Movie R 2016 116 minutes
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With laid-back ease and an organic understanding of characters and dialogue, Richard Linklater (Boyhood) has crafted an excellent, breezy comedy, albeit one that showcases iffy behavior. The collegiate characters are unsupervised for the first time, sowing their wild oats, naïve in many ways but wise in others. It's like a more thoughtful version of Meatballs. In addition to talking about sex and playing jokes on one another, the characters discuss concepts of being yourself, as well as becoming part of a team.

Like its spiritual predecessor, Linklater's breakthrough Dazed and Confused, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME is virtually plotless, with the possible exception that we're rooting for hero Jake to win the girl, but it moves beautifully, reveling in time and place and character nuance and generally enjoying itself in particular and life in general. It's very funny, not a bit of it unnecessary or out of place, and you don't want it to end.

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