Sandy reviews Richard Linklater's 'Everybody Wants Some'

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Take a director with a total of five Oscar nominations and put him back on familiar turf making a movie about a world he knows well and then ask, what could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as it turns out.

Richard Linklater's lyrical look at "Boyhood" earned an Oscar nod for Best Picture, while his 1993 movie "Dazed and Confused" put Matthew McConaughey on the road to stardom. But now, Linklater has returned to his Texas roots for a movie set in the 1980s called "Everybody Wants Some."

Music has always played an important part in the director's very personal movies, and this tale about college baseball players coming of age is no exception.

J. Quinton Johnson was still in college when he was cast, but most of these actors are in their mid to late 20s, making it hard to believe as the naive young men they are supposed to be. And just as bad is that none of them are stars in the making like McConaughey.

But the real trouble is reliving years past through the eyes of these sexist, immature guys who think "everybody wants some."

Scenes of drinking and dope smoking are filled with the kind of wisdom that only makes sense if and when you are high, and amid all the pointless chatter is one, all too brief, note of grace in the form of Zoey Deutsch. She's the daughter of Lea Thompson and director Howard Deutch, and if this movie succeeds in making her a star, then it will have at least accomplished something.

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