Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
In Texas in the fall of 1980, college freshman Jake Bradford, a hotshot pitcher in high school, moves into an off-campus house with other members of the college baseball team. He meets several teammates, including his roommate Billy, who has been nicknamed "Beuter" because of his Deep Southern accent. He joins Finnegan, Roper, Dale, and Plummer cruising the campus by car, looking for women..
After sex, Finn (Glenn Powell) predicts the Astros will go to the 1980 World Series. While they did make it to the NLCS, they lost to the Phillies 3 games to 2. This series has been called one of the most exciting in history. The Phillies went on to win the World Series in 6 games. See more »
At Justin's house, a close-up is shown of a phonograph playing track 2 or 3 of an LP with a dark blue label. The song supposedly being played is "Alternative Ulster" by Stiff Little Fingers, but that album had a reddish-orange label and that song was Track 4 of Side 2. The LP in the close-up was obviously just a prop platter. See more »
Written by Gerald V. Casale (as Gerald Casale) and Mark Mothersbaugh
Performed by Devo
Published by BMG VM Music Ltd / Devo Music c/o BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
If the first ten minutes don't do it for you, it's not your type of humor
I enjoyed this movie and love all of Linklater's works. Certain directors just mesh well with your world view and style. His humor works for certain people, and it doesn't translate well for international audiences. For instance, I can't stand Kevin Smith's style of comedy, but many people adore it.
This movie took me back to my college years. I attended the University of Texas and belonged to a fraternity. Although we weren't athletic jocks, there were similar dynamics, characters, and situations as with this movie's baseball team. Looking back it was immature and misogynistic fun, however it happened and I had great memories from then. This movie captured that very well.
That said, there was no tension or arc that this group faced. Everything came to them pretty easy, like on a silver platter. There are people like that in life, yet it doesn't make for compelling cinema. I also thought the lead had little chemistry or charisma with his girl. The character played by Glen Powell was the highlight, as was the soundtrack.
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