When you come across a great film, it's always a good idea to do some research and check out other movies that are in the same sphere, so to speak. With our If You Liked series we intend to do just that. Each week we'll be presenting you with a selection of films you'll love "if you liked" that week's particular highlighted movie and/or director.
This week’s film recommendations have been chosen around Richard Linklater's recently released feel-good sports comedy, Everybody Wants Some!! Linklater, who was the subject of our most recent Behind the Camera feature, is most well known for his 1993 cult-classic, Dazed and Confused. A spiritual successor to D&C, Everybody Wants Some!! follows a group of college baseball players as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.
If you liked Linklater's Everybody Wants Some!! (or Dazed and Confused, for that matter) we highly recommend checking out each of these comedies if you haven't seen them already: Animal House (1978), Boogie Nights (1997), The Breakfast Club (1985), Clerks (1994), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Major League (1989), Old School (2003) and Varsity Blues (1999).
Animal House (1978)
When they arrive at college, socially inept freshmen Larry and Kent attempt to pledge the Omega Theta Pi House, but are rejected. Lowering their standards, they try at the notoriously rowdy Delta Tau Chi House, and get in. The trouble is, the college dean has it in for the Deltas. He has put them on "Double Secret Probation" and secretly assigned Omega's president the task of having their charter revoked.
Boogie Nights (1997)
In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenager Eddie Adams gets discovered by porn director Jack Horner, who transforms him into adult-film sensation Dirk Diggler. The film chronicles his rise in the Golden Age of Porn of the 1970s through to his fall during the excesses of the '80s.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal. The disparate group includes rebel John, princess Claire, outcast Allison, brainy Brian and Andrew, the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently.
When Dante is called in to cover a shift at his New Jersey convenience store on his day off, his friend Randal helps him pass the time, neglecting his video-store customers next door to hang out in the Quick Stop. Shot entirely in black and white, Clerks was written and directed by Kevin Smith and is the first of Smith's View Askewniverse films, and introduces several recurring characters, notably Jay and Silent Bob.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 coming-of-age comedy written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone magazine, Crowe went undercover at Clairemont High School in San Diego, California, and wrote about his experiences. The film was directed by Amy Heckerling and chronicles a school year in the lives of sophomores Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner, and their respective older friends Linda Barrett and Mike Damone.
Major League (1989)
The new owner of the Cleveland Indians, former showgirl Rachel Phelps, has a sweetheart deal to move the team to Miami. But to break the lease with the city of Cleveland, ticket sales have to plummet. So Phelps hires the most incompetent players available, including near-blind pitcher Rick Vaughn and injury-prone catcher Jake Taylor. But when her villainous tactics are discovered, the team starts winning just to spite her.
Old School (2003)
After discovering his girlfriend has been participating in group sex, Mitch feels his world come undone. He moves into a new place, which happens to be near a college campus, and tries to get his life back together. Two of his best friends, Frank and Beanie, start hanging out at Mitch's house, eventually turning the place into a wild party pad.
Varsity Blues (1999)
In West Canaan, Texas, high school football reigns supreme. When starting quarterback Lance Harbor turns up injured, the Coyotes' ruthless coach, Bud Kilmer, must promote benchwarmer Jonathon "Mox" Moxon to lead the team in its quest for a divisional title. Suddenly thrown into the spotlight, Mox must deal with the pressure of carrying the aspirations of an entire town on his shoulders, as he struggles to pursue his own very different dreams.
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