Talky but never boring. Cool but never pretentious. Personal but never exclusionary. Defiant but never disaffected. Funny but never too daffy. Always backed by a kick-ass soundtrack.
Richard Linklater has called his new movie Everybody Wants Some a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, Linklater’s 1993 snapshot of the last day of high school in 1976 Texas. Paddles aren’t involved.
Richard Linklater has called Everybody Wants Some a “spiritual sequel” to his 1993 cult classic Dazed and Confused, and critics at the SXSW Film Festival agreed it’s a worthy successor. Like Dazed, Everybody (which jumps from a 1970s Texas high school to a 1980s Texas college) features a likable cast of unknowns, an infectious soundtrack, and all kinds of intoxicants.
Linklater indulges his characters’ antics with such wild, free-flowing affection that you might miss the thoughtful undertow of this delightful movie: Few filmmakers have so fully embraced the bittersweet joy of living in the moment — one that’s all the more glorious because it fades so soon. The double-punctuated title is not only a reference to a classic song by Van Halen (one of many artists crowding the wall-to-wall soundtrack, including Blondie, the Knack and the Sugarhill Gang), but also an affirmation of the appetites — for sex, for fame, for victory, for sex — that course through these young men’s veins.
Dazed and Confused is finally getting its “spiritual sequel,” as writer-director Richard Linklater describes it to Yahoo Movies. More than 20 years after the release of his breakout film, set on a high school campus in the late ‘70s, the acclaimed filmmaker has recruited a new crop of young actors to portraying college life in 1980 in the forthcoming comedy Everybody Wants Some. You can watch the first trailer above, exclusively on Yahoo.