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Review: Everybody Wants Some!! A great pitch for fun times

By Damon Smith

Published 13/05/2016

Good sports: Blake Jenner (Jake, left) and Glen Powell (Finnegan)
Good sports: Blake Jenner (Jake, left) and Glen Powell (Finnegan)

Jake (Blake Jenner) arrives at college, full of hope, as one of the new pitchers of the Southeast Texas Cherokees baseball team. He moves into a house which has been set aside for the squad, and meets his cowboy room mate Beuter (Will Brittain).

"No booze... and no girls upstairs in the bedrooms," stresses the team coach to the new arrivals, who include socially awkward transfer student Jay (Juston Street) and stoner Willoughby (Wyatt Russell), who seems to have dipped his toes in the same gene pool as The Dude from The Big Lebowski. Older team mates including Finnegan (Glen Powell), Roper (Ryan Guzman), Dale (J Quinton Johnson) and McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin) take Jake under their wing and shepherd him on a tour of local hot spots, where he shakes his groove thing and catches the eye of pretty student Beverly (Zoey Deutch).

As the first day of study beckons, Jake tests his mettle on and off the diamond, including an unexpected reunion with old schoolmate Justin (Michael Monsour).

Everybody Wants Some!! is a beautifully crafted blast from the past, blessed with strong performances from fresh-faced rising stars.

Four stars

Belfast Telegraph

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