When one compiles a list of the most interesting American directors out there, they’d be hard-pressed to leave off Richard Linklater. He’s had his fair share of ambitious (and some not-so-ambitious) misses over his 20+ year career, but from last year’s critical darling Boyhood, to the Before trilogy, to his feature film debut Slacker, Linklater has made a career of crafting films that defy traditional genre boundaries. His cult classic 1976-set Dazed and Confused is no exception.
I had heard Linklater last year during press rounds for Boyhood discussing his spiritual sequel to Boyhood and Dazed and Confused, but I had promptly banked it somewhere in the back of my mind and forget all about it.
Until today, that is.
With a cast of largely unknown young actors, Linklater looks to have made a fun and silly 80s-era comedy about a young man going off to college where he discovers women, beer, and drugs–the auteur’s American Pie, if you will. While I’m sure it won’t be getting Linklater back onto the red carpet, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of heart, relatable moments, and far more depth than the trailer suggests.
Everybody Wants Some hits theaters on April 15, 2016.