Frances Winston really enjoyed this coming-of-age film, involving a college student house and a baseball team.
Directed by: Richard Linklater – Starring: Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, Glen Powell, Wyatt Russell
Richard Linklater’s follow up to Boyhood is yet another coming of age movie, and a spiritual follow up to his 1993 film, Dazed and Confused. Set in 1980, it follows college freshman Jake (Jenner) on his first weekend in his student house before college begins. This is no ordinary student accommodation though, as Jake is a member of the college baseball team, and his team mates are also his housemates.
As the weekend progresses, they chase women, drink, fall out, make up, and generally bond, while Jake tries to get closer to Beverly (Deutch) who caught his eye on his first day in the area.
While it may not sound like a lot happens, you would be surprised how entertaining and resonant this kind of nostalgic observation can be. Linklater has managed to weave a tale that is relatable and evocative. The story is a bit meandering, but that only serves to make it endearing, and the characters are (on the whole) multi-dimensional rather than just baseball jocks.
The ensemble work really well together, and no one tries to steal the show. I was a bit worried when I saw Jenner’s name attached as to this, as I hated (yes hated – not disliked – hated!) him in Glee, and found him completely insipid. However, either he has evolved as an actor, or he benefits from Linklater’s thoughtful writing and direction. A fantastic soundtrack only serves to further enhance this flick.
This is a sweet film that will leave you with the warm and fuzzies, and possibly a yearning for those halcyon days when the most you had to worry about was making class on time. Linklater does these human and relatable tales extremely well, and in this he has another winner.
It’s the kind of film you can just sit back, relax and enjoy, and that you will probably return to when you need cheering up in the future.
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