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..
In one of the Saturday night scenes, there is a punk rock concert where the band play the Gilligan's Island (1964) theme song. This is one of the many links to Dazed and Confused (1993) as in that film while in school they try to list all of the Gilligan's Island (1964) episodes and proceed to have a conversation about it in the restroom. See more »
The story begins on Thursday, August 28, 1980 and follows the characters through the weekend leading up to the first day of classes on Monday. However, Monday, September 1, 1980 was Labor Day and most schools would have been closed on that holiday. Since S.T.U. is a fictional school, it could be said to be an exception, but none of the characters even mention the holiday so it seems like an oversight goof. See more »
You get a bunch of competitors together and you are addicted to winning
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The closing credits have a rap by all team members halfway through the credits. They show the whole Sound Machine set and some backstage areas. 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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