Everybody Wants Some (2016)

Everybody Wants Some takes place in the 1980s and three days prior to the first day of college classes. The story follows Jake whose one of the four freshmen to receive a scholarship for baseball at Southeast Texas Cherokees College. The film begins with Jake moving into the baseball team’s frat house which he shares with the other freshmen and seniors, all of whom are hotshot baseball players. Although Jake and the other freshmen are serious about baseball, they understand that not everybody’s going to make it to the professional level. And they’re okay with that because they are there for more than just baseball. The film explores the identity crisis of the freshmen as they try to fit into the college lifestyle and get laid. Their team mentality gets them far as they lookout for each other and learn from their seniors but it’s not all without fail as we watch them deal with their difficult teammates and getting rejected by numerous girls.

Anyone who has gone to their college orientation or frosh week can relate to this film. It explores the awkward first moments of transition from high school years into unsupervised adulthood as seen through Jake when he tries to connect with his roommates. Shortly after, he effortlessly fits in with his team and even gets invited to a party. The films portrayal of these few days is a little bit too perfect but it is still an accurate representation of how easy it is to party with strangers once you let lose and start conversation. All you have to do is put down those barriers and be yourself as noted by Willoughby, the philosophical stoner, “You’ve got to embrace your inner strange, man. Just be weird”. Another quote worth mentioning is from Finn, the alpha of the team, “We all take turns being chumps. You just have to accept your chumpification and pass it on.” With a bunch of forward thinking and spirited party animals, the parties only keep coming.

Like in all college party films, comedy was a major theme. The laughable clueless pickup lines used by the freshmen and then the ridiculously flawless socializing skills from Finn were all too funny. I laughed then entire time and smiled at how relatable some things were. Then there were the unique and diverse personalities in the team, each giving comedic value to the film. There was a philosophical stoner, angry competitor, awkward and crazy professional level pitcher, Hill Billy freshman, etc. With all these personas, the audience can easily find someone to relate to. Though I’m not too sure I want to be that stoner guy. The movie is hilarious and relatable, making it a good stoner movie to watch.