Call this Older Boyhood. Writer-director Richard Linklater’s follow-up to his 12-years-in-the-making Best Picture nominee is Everybody Wants Some, an ’80s romp being called the “spiritual sequel” to his 1976-set Dazed And Confused. We get middle-parted hair, muscle cars, cutoffs, colored shades, halter tops, etc. And the tunes. Well, apparently this is the very early ’80s as we get the Knack’s 1979 hit “My Sharona” and the titular Van Halen classic from the spring of 1980. Moving on.
The scene is a college baseball team welcoming its new first-year teammates. Well, “welcoming” isn’t really the right word — witness the ballistic horrors of “Freshman Batting Practice” (right). When the coach says: “Two rules — no booze in this house. And No. 2: No girls upstairs in those bedrooms,” we pretty much know what to expect. After all, some of these dudes are getting their first taste out life outside mom and dad’s purview.
Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, Glen Powell and Wyatt Russell star in the film that happily is formerly known as That’s What I’m Talking About. It’s produced by Megan Ellison, Linklater and Ginger Sledge, with Sean Daniel, John Sloss and Stephen Feder as exec producers. Everybody Wants Some — stylized with two exclamation points in the key art to bond further with the VH song — will open the music-addled SXSW fest in March, followed by an April 15 theatrical bow via Paramount Pictures. Have a toke of the trailer and let us know what you think.