Directed by Richard Linklater (2016)
Even now, about the only line I can remember from Richard Linklater's "DAZED AND CONFUSED" - which I saw once in 1993, when it came out - is "It'd be reeeeaaaaal cool if you did", which my wife and I have been saying to each other, when the situation merits, since that time. It was such a rapid-fire comedic film, full of quick-witted (or doofus-witted) lines piled upon lines in a film that felt like one giant Texas-sized party from start to finish. Its tone and feel has subsequently been replicated by television shows from "30 Rock" to "Catastrophe", and I can't really remember many of those lines either.
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, a spiritual follow-up by Linklater to "Dazed and Confused", needs to be taken in that same anarchic spirit. Just lean back and enjoy. You can watch it a second time, and it'll probably be nearly as funny, and you still probably won't register the staccato bong-bursts of bro-wisdom that pervade the film's two hours. Taking place in San Marcos, Texas circa 1980, it tackles the 72 hours leading up to the start of school, following a soon-to-be college baseball player, Jake (Blake Jenner) as he moves in with his new team in a ballplayers' off-campus "dorm" of sorts. Naturally, the chief needs these scholars aim to fill revolve around chicks, alcohol and athletic and non-athletic one-upmanship in all of its forms (darts, ping-pong, mating, drinking etc.). The film's recognition that everything becomes a competition when testosterone-laden 18-21 year old males gather in packs is spot-on for anyone who's actually been an 18-21 year old male at some point in their lives, or who may have unfortunately been in close proximity to them.
There's a plot, sort of, yet "Everybody Wants Some" is effectively all about conversations and gradual character-drawing, and is truly funny from start to finish. Linklater's been carving out his own niche in this regard for decades now; in fact, this isn't all that far from "BOYHOOD" - just add a lot more goofus partying and less pathos, with both being about growing up & stumbling toward figuring some of life's absurdities out. I heard this was a real bomb at the box office, which is unfortunate, as I (and everyone in the theater with me) clearly found it to be a hoot and a half.