Everybody Wants Some!! (film)

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Everybody Wants Some!!
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Linklater
Written byRichard Linklater
Produced by
CinematographyShane F. Kelly
Edited bySandra Adair
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11) (SXSW)
  • March 30, 2016 (2016-03-30) (United States)
Running time
116 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$10 million[2]
Box office$5.4 million[3]

Everybody Wants Some!! is a 2016 American teen comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater, about college baseball players in 1980s Texas. The film stars Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell, Will Brittain, and Wyatt Russell. It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2016,[4] and was theatrically released in the United States on March 30, 2016, by Paramount Pictures. The film grossed $5.4 million against a $10 million budget, making it a box-office bomb, but was critically acclaimed.[5][6]


In Texas in the fall of 1980, college freshman Jake Bradford, an all-state pitcher in high school, moves into an off-campus house with other members of the college baseball team including his roommate Billy, nicknamed "Beuter" for his Deep Southern accent. He joins Finnegan, Roper, Dale, and Plummer cruising campus by car, looking for women. Upperclassmen Roper and Finnegan both "strike out" with two women, but one of them, Beverly, says she likes Jake; he makes a note of her room number.

At a team meeting in the house, the coach introduces the new players, including freshmen Jake, Plummer, Beuter, Brumley, and transfer students Jay and Willoughby. The coach cites two rules: no alcohol in the house, and no women upstairs. The team quickly disregards the rules and hosts a drunken party during which several players take women up to their bedrooms. The next morning, Beuter leaves temporarily for home, concerned his girlfriend is pregnant.

The team goes out drinking and "cruising chicks", beginning the night at a local disco. Jay makes arrogant remarks to a bartender, provoking a brawl, and the team is ejected. Jay goes home, and the rest of the team changes clothes and visits a western-themed bar. The next day Willoughby shares his marijuana, music, and philosophy with the freshmen. Jake happens upon Justin, a high school teammate who has embraced punk subculture. He invites the team to a punk concert, and with Jake's encouragement, they go. Jake leaves flowers and a note on Beverly's apartment door that night, then attends a massive party at the team's house.

Beverly calls him in the morning and they agree to meet. She says she is a performing arts major; Jake answers only that he is a baseball player, based on Finnegan's advice. At the team's first unofficial practice, Jay upsets his teammates by pitching aggressively. McReynolds, the team's captain and best player, puts Jay in his place by hitting a home run. The coach arrives unexpectedly and calls Willoughby off the pitcher's mound. It is later revealed that Willoughby is 30 and has been fraudulently transferring to new colleges to continue playing ball and enjoying the student lifestyle.

Beverly invites Jake to "Oz", a costume party thrown by performing arts students. Jake mentions the party to his teammates and tries to tell them they would not enjoy it, but they cajole him into taking them. Although they initially feel out of place, they enjoy themselves all the same. Finnegan is ridiculed by his friends for pretending to be into astrology, and Jake takes part in an improvised Alice in Wonderland–themed take on The Dating Game. Jake and Beverly spend the rest of the night together.

The next morning, the semester begins and Jake and Beverly walk to class together. Two teammates razz Jake for not returning home that night. He runs into Plummer in his classroom, and they settle in for their first lecture. Their history professor enters and writes "Frontiers are where you find them" on the chalkboard. As their first college class officially begins, Jake and Plummer fall asleep.



Linklater wrote the first draft of the film in mid-2005, and tried to finance it in 2009, but could not get production off the ground until Annapurna Pictures became involved.[2]

In August 2014, Linklater ceased involvement on the Warner Bros. film The Incredible Mr. Limpet, saying that he wanted to concentrate on a university-set, 1980s baseball film under the working title That's What I'm Talking About. The project is considered a "spiritual sequel" to Linklater's 1993 film Dazed and Confused, which was set on the last day of high school in 1976.[7] Linklater also considers the film a "spiritual sequel" to Boyhood because "it begins right where Boyhood ends with a guy showing up at college and meeting his new roommates and a girl."[8] The film is based on Linklater's real-life experiences while attending Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas; the original draft of the screenplay was actually intended to be set at Sam Houston State.[9]

In September, Linklater offered Jenner, Hoechlin, Russell, and Guzman roles as members of the baseball team the film focuses on.[10][11] Hoechlin chose his role over returning to the fifth season of MTV's series Teen Wolf.[10] Later in September, Annapurna Pictures became involved as a financial producer of the film, while Paramount Pictures signed on to handle distribution rights.[12] More cast members were announced, including Deutch, Brittain, and Powell.[13] To create camaraderie among the cast, Linklater had the actors move out to his Austin-area ranch for rehearsals.[14][15]

Principal photography began on October 13, 2014 in Austin.[16][17] Filming took place in Weimar, Texas, from October 15 to December 2. Other shooting locations included San Marcos, Texas, Bastrop, Texas, Elgin, Texas and San Antonio.[17][18] A night shoot involving extras occurred on October 31, 2014, for a costume party scene in Taylor, Texas.[19] Linklater had originally intended to shoot the entirety of the film in Hunstville, Texas, but he could not obtain filming permits and was only allowed to film there for a single day, filming at the actual fraternity house he had lived at while attending Sam Houston State.[20]


Everybody Wants Some!!: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
various artists
ReleasedApril 8, 2016 (2016-04-08)
LabelWarner Bros. Records


On July 27, 2015, Paramount Pictures set the film for an April 15, 2016 release in the United States.[21] In February 2016, the film was moved up to April 1, in a limited release.[22] It was then moved to March 30.[23]

The film's debut screening took place at South By Southwest on March 11, 2016. It received another one-time screening at Sam Houston State University, where Linklater himself had gone to college, on March 28, 2016, also featuring a student body Q&A with Linklater, Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, and Ryan Guzman.[24] It received its first limited release across 19 locations in New York City, Austin, Houston, and Los Angeles on March 30. On April 22, 2016, Everyone Wants Some!! received its widest release at 454 theaters, peaking at #13 at the box office. By the end of its limited theatrical run, the movie had only brought in $4,644,472, far below its $10 million budget.[25]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, 87% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 244 reviews, with an average rating of 7.60/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Nostalgic in the best sense, Everybody Wants Some!! finds Richard Linklater ambling through the past with a talented cast, a sweetly meandering story, and a killer classic rock soundtrack."[5] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 85 out of 100 based on 50 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[6]


It was nominated as Best Ensemble at the December 19, 2016 Detroit Film Critics Society.[26] It was also nominated for both Best Feature and the Audience Award at the November 28, 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards.[27]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Setoodeh, Ramin (March 16, 2016). "Richard Linklater on the Long Road to Make 'Everybody Wants Some!!'". Variety. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)". The Numbers. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  4. ^ "Everybody Wants Some". SXSW.com. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Everybody Wants Some!! Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys; Ford, Rebecca (August 4, 2014). "Richard Linklater Exiting 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet' Remake". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  8. ^ McKittrick, Christopher (December 29, 2014). ""I want to tell a story in a new way" – Linklater on Boyhood". creativescreenwriting.com. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Richard Linklater bases experiences as SHSU baseball player in new film". The Huntsville Item. April 10, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 12, 2014). "Richard Linklater Setting Lineup Card For Baseball Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  11. ^ Yamato, Jen (September 16, 2014). "'Step Up's Ryan Guzman Joins Richard Linklater Baseball Pic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (September 29, 2014). "Paramount to Distribute Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Follow-Up". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (September 29, 2014). "Paramount, Megan Ellison Back Richard Linklater's Baseball Movie". variety.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  14. ^ P. Sullivan, Kevin (April 8, 2016). "What it's like hanging out with the cast of 'Everybody Wants Some!!'". EW.com. Retrieved February 16, 2023.
  15. ^ Skipper, Clay (April 12, 2016). "Confirmed: The 'Everybody Wants Some!!' Movie Set Was Just as Rowdy and Ridiculous as You Think". GQ. Retrieved February 16, 2023.
  16. ^ Powell, Glen [@glenpowell] (October 13, 2014). "Loving 1980, where a solid mustache belongs on the dance floor not the sex offender registry" (Tweet). Retrieved October 16, 2014 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ a b "Richard Linklater's 'That's What I'm Talking About' begins filming in Austin; Extras needed". onlocationvacations.com. October 15, 2014. Archived from the original on October 23, 2021. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  18. ^ Raney, Nicole (September 30, 2014). "Wanna be in a Linklater film? Austin-area extras needed for possible Dazed and Confused sequel". culturemap.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  19. ^ "Dazed and Confused Sequel, 'That's What I'm Talking About' Casting Call". projectcasting.com. October 28, 2014. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  20. ^ "Richard Linklater talks about Huntsville, SHSU, and Everyone Wants Some!! at SXSW". Los Angeles Times. March 14, 2016.
  21. ^ McNary, Dave (July 27, 2015). "Richard Linklater Baseball Comedy to Release April 15". variety.com. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  22. ^ McNary, Dave (February 17, 2016). "Richard Linklater's 'Everybody Wants Some' Gets April 1 Release". Variety. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  23. ^ A. Lincoln, Ross (March 18, 2016). "Paramount Shifts Release Dates For 'Everybody Wants Some' & 'Same Kind Of Different As Me'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  24. ^ "Everyone Wants Some!! premieres at SHSU". Sam Houston State University. March 29, 2016.
  25. ^ "Everybody Wants Some!!". Box Office Mojo.
  26. ^ Graham, Adam (December 14, 2016). "Local critics: 'Moonlight', 'Manchester' best of 2016". The Detroit News. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  27. ^ Cox, Gordon (October 20, 2016). "Gotham Awards Nominations 2016: 'Manchester By The Sea' Leads with Four". Variety. Retrieved October 20, 2016.

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