Texan auteur Richard Linklater has followed up his award-magnet Boyhood with this goofy college comedy. Yes, it’s in the same genre as Animal House, but there’s Linklater’s usual loose, amiable examination of big ideas, here underlying the high jinks. And what high jinks they are: we follow a baseball team on the first weekend of the 1980 academic year as they pile on superhuman quantities of beer and try to get laid in as many ways and with as many women as possible. It may sound boorish, but these are smart, sensitive guys, and there’s the exquisitely nostalgic feeling that, for them, this is their peak. Times & trailer
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