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Times Have Changed
Everybody Wants Some!!’s politically incorrect but gleeful men are also products of a different time period. They wear short shorts, have mustaches, and sing along to Sugar Hill Gang's “Rapper’s Delight." When Linklater decided the song would be used in the movie, he asked the cast to memorize "all 13-and-a-half minutes of it," Powell says. "We're like, 'Are you kidding me dude?' We got a pretty good chunk of the way in."
In addition to changing tastes in music, the art of wooing has evolved thanks to the internet. During his first day on campus, Jake meets a mystery woman (Deutch) who flirts with him. He makes note of the room she lives in — which his friends do point out is a stalker-ish move. Later, he pins a message and flowers on her door. She's skeptical, but gives Jake a call. “I think girls these days would be totally creeped out by that. I’m not sure they would find it a romantic gesture or chivalrous,” Powell says. “I think they would find it to be a little shocking and a little intense.” Powell — who, remember, is still in his 20s and is therefore purely speculating about the Reagan era — thinks people aren't as willing to put themselves out on a limb as they once were. "It’s all about hedging your bets and not being hurt," he says. "I think there’s a certain amount of safety, whether it be on a dance floor or with apps or with dating."
This team really does let loose on the dance floor. Watching them boogie and line dance is a treat.