As you can probably tell from the film collage on the front page of Rated Greg, Richard Linklater’s 1993 film “Dazed and Confused” is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this sentiment. So obviously I was thrilled upon learning that Linklater’s most recent was written and shot in the same spirit as Dazed. In fact, it’s so obviously in the same vein that I was really hoping for a Wooderson or O’Bannion cameo (there isn’t).
While Dazed recounted the last day of high school in Texas in the 70’s, Everybody Wants Some takes place in the 80’s at a Texas college baseball house over the course of the first weekend of school (Linklater actually played college baseball at Sam Houston State). It’s mostly a cast of unknowns which works really well. The only person I recognized was Wyatt Russell, son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. I also may have recognized that weird kid Glen from Mad Men but this is unconfirmed. In what appears to be his only acting credit to date, Temple Baker steals the show as a jock Spicoli, much like Matthew McConaughey stole the show in Dazed which was his first credit. Everybody Wants Some is by far my favorite movie I’ve seen this year and is a must see. Texas Forever. Tier 1 – RATED GREG