This movie follows a freshman pitcher named Jake as he arrives on a college campus in the summer of 1980 and meets his new rowdy teammates. Together, they must navigate their way between girls, parties and baseball. All of this takes place during the last weekend before school starts. If you liked Dazed and Confused, you will enjoy this continuation of a look at growing up through the eyes of nostalgia.
2016, Color, Rated R, 1 hour 56 minutes
DTS-MA 5.1, 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Zoey Deutch and Ryan Guzman
Directed by: Richard Linklater
I was expecting this movie to be, well, Animal House. However, Linklater doesn’t make over the top, outrageous slap-stick comedies. His comedic skills are bit more subtle and have an appealingly realistic feel to them. This story is about what it was like to go into college when I was going into college. I could relate to some of their misadventures. I liked the meandering storyline and some of the offbeat characters.
1980 was an interesting time in America, and Linklater really captures the spirit of the times here. I also liked the way this movie dovetails with Dazed and Confused, his film about the last week of the school year for high school seniors. If you liked that movie, well, you’re bound to find a lot to enjoy here as well.
The picture quality is outstanding, with bold colors and great lighting. The sound was exemplary as well, especially with the 80’s soundtrack with some wonderful sounding music in surround. I wouldn’t mind getting this films soundtrack on cassette or 8-track!
Included is a DVD as well as the BD. Also featured are: More Stuff That’s Not in the Movie, Rickipedia, Baseball Players Can Dance, Skills Video and History 101: Stylin’ the 80s.