In Richard Linklater's overall style, he has a tendancy to keep us engaged with a more realistic looking take on things. I feel like whatever you're watching of his tends to have a natural feel to it as opposed to a bunch of actors just acting. 2016's 'Everybody Wants Some!!' is no exception. However, some may see it as trying to be 'Dazed and Confused 2', which would be one of those sequels the world simply doesn't need. But I would emplore those thinkers to treat this as it's own film. It's to 'Dazed and Confused' what 'Waking Life' is to 'Slacker' - plenty of similarities, but totally its own thing.
In this one, we're visiting college with baseball pitcher prodigy, Jake (Blake Jenner). He moves into a house he shares with several other teammates on the Southeast Texas Cherokees, and the basic plot is that we follow his journey over a few days before classes start as he bonds with these guys, attempts to find love, and gets introduced to a whole bunch of college fun, be it clubbing, bar hopping, or just getting high in their rooms. Again, similar to the following of Mitch Kramer in 'Dazed and Confused'.
There's actually not a whole lot to be said about this one though. Where 'Dazed and confused' took you on that similar journey, it also had a plot point surrounding a senior who didn't wanna listen to authority. 'Everybody Wants Some!!' is far more of a relatively plotless, fun time. Almost more comparable to something like 'Project X' in that sense.
But that's not to say that this film isn't still a good time. If you need to just shut your brain down and enjoy something for a couple of hours, this is a decent enough option. It's kinda like you go through this movie just hanging out with these guys. It ends up being a stoner/college/party movie, so if you're into that kind of thing, I'd recommend giving it a whirl.
The cast is generally unknown here, but they do a good job playing who they're supposed to be playing. The one guy I actually recognized was Wyatt Russell, mostly from '22 Jump Street', but otherwise, just a few familiar, yet unknown faces. So if you like the idea of watching some newcomers to the industry, this might be a cool place to turn. It strikes me as one we might look back on and recognize more people as time goes on.
All in all, this is just meant to be a good time, living almost vicariously through Jake. But there's not much more to it than that. So check it out for yourself and see if you enjoy the hangout, or despise the overall lack of substance. I'd just recommend keeping an open mind abut it, but never forget that 'Dazed and Confused' is much better.