Similarity to Dazed and Confused (1993): Both films feature a scene in which four characters marvel over a broken paddle in very similar ways. In Dazed and Confused, Pink points out that Benny's shop class paddle has a hairline fraction from an off screen freshman hazing. In Everybody Wants Some!!, Jake points out the split handle of McReynolds' ping pong paddle after he throws it in a rage. See more »
There are several times during baseball practice where it's easy to spot the actual pitcher who is throwing the balls Jake is supposed to be pitching. See more »
In 1993, director Richard Linklater released Dazed and Confused, which portrayed the last day of classes of a preparatory school in the year 1976. 23 years after that movie, Everybody Wants Some!! arrived as a spiritual sequel, showing the beginning of classes in the University of Southern Texas, from the point of view of various students obsessed with baseball and girls. And alcohol. None of the characters or actors of Dazed and Confused show up in Everybody Wants Some!!, but the historical period (1980, 4 years after Dazed and Confused) chronologically represents the moment when the students of that preparatory school would also be initiating the university. In other words, another semi-biographic (and probably idealized) tale of Linklater and his youth in Texas. Like Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!! discards the rigid structure of a formal movie in order to offer a sinuous everyday chronic of the characters, following activities without conflict or resolution... or at least, not in the way they are taught in film schools. Everybody Wants Some!! is a genuinely natural "slice of life", but not lacking of deepness in its eloquent portrait of the year 1980, covering social, educative, cultural and even spiritual aspects. Besides, the relaxed narrative of Everybody Wants Some!! also works as a multiple character study, plunging us into the ideology of characters with different (and occasionally contradictory) attitudes, expectations and future ambitions; this allows a variety of humorous, dramatic and romantic moments, occasionally adorned with valuable observations of life in general. Besides, the actors make an excellent work in their roles, creating likable, charismatic and very realistic characters without the benefit of a conventional dramatic arc. So, some people might say that nothing happens in Everybody Wants Some!!, but I liked it very much because it explores universal themes under the disguise of the very personal adventures of various "normal" youngsters during the turbulent transition from the '70s to the '80s. Well, turbulent in other places; for the inhabitants of that small Texan village, it was just another weekend with parties, friends and the certainty that nothing would ever change. Except the music: end of Disco, mid Punk and beginning of Metal.
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