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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Simon Bird
James Buckley
Blake Harrison
Joe Thomas.
Directors
Ben Palmer.
Screenwriters
Iain Morris
Damon Beesley.
Running Time
96 minutes

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The Inbetweeners Movie
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Plot
Dumped by love of his life Carli (Emily Head), end of schooler Simon (Thomas), along with mates Will (Bird), Jay (Buckley) and Neil (Harrison), decides to head for Malia hoping for "sun, sand, sex, sea and sex". Cue crap hotels, embarrassing sunburn, alcoholic fish bowls, willing girls and a boat party of a lifetime.


Review
The Inbetweeners Movie
Let’s be honest, you can count great UK youth flicks on one hand. So Olly Murs hats off, then, to The Inbetweeners Movie, an upgrade for the E4 teen comedy that matches the gag rate of any film this summer and delivers it with the panache of the Yanks but the scatological feel of the best of Brit comedy. If you have Kevin & Perry Go Large in your head, forget it. This is much closer to Superbad. But with more vag jokes.

Financed by the death of Jay’s grandfather, the boys, “looking like the world’s shittest boy band”, head off to Malia where writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley put them through the lads' holiday from hell, taking in OAP shagging, nicking the sunbathing spot from a disabled girl, projectile vomiting, sleeping in ants' nests, pooing in a bidet and a run-in with a master of self-fellatio. Plot threads from the show are woven throughout - an introduction in Blighty sets everything up, Simon spends much of the movie mooning after Carli who is also on holiday - but this doesn’t need any prior knowledge. It’s just a succession of cringe-worthy set pieces - the boys dance-off to impress some girls is priceless - that escalate in embarrassment as the movie goes on.

Happily, the movie also has cinematic chops. Early doors, the camera starts high in the sky and then swoops down through suburban streets and up to a window where Jay is having a hand-shandy using the internet, diving goggles and slices of honey roast ham - it’s American Pie directed by David Fincher. There are also strategic uses of slow motion - the boys in ‘Pussay Patrol’ T-shirts coming out of a hotel like a shite Reservoir Dogs - that make you laugh without laying it onto thick. It also captures those Greek holiday resorts in all their garish awfulness.

Unlike the Arsenal football squad, The Inbetweeners dramatis personae has always had strength in-depth and the movie is no exception: the four gals - Laura Haddock’s wise owl Alison, Tamla Kari’s lovelorn Lucy, Lydia Rose Bewley’s sparky Jane and Jessica Knappett’s straight arrow Lisa register in Romantic Interest roles, providing punchlines and pathos of their own. Yet supporting player of the match is Theo Barklem-Biggs as Richard, one of the wasted space cadets that haunt any holiday resort constantly muttering “cool beans... cool beans... cool beans”. He drifts in and out of it but makes a lasting impression.

But, at the end of the day, The Inbetweeners has always been about its central friendship and amidst the vomit and the virginity losing, the film delivers a realistic believable portrait of young blokes - look out for a touching discussion as the penny drops that university might spell the end of the friendship. The performances from Bird, Thomas, Buckley and Harrison are pitch-perfect and amplify a sweetness that is only an undercurrent in the show. Lessons are learned - one huge element of the show is laid to rest - and friendships cemented, although never in a mawkish way. As they arrive in back in Blighty, the unthinkable might have happened: they might have come of age.


Verdict
Like any holiday, it is episodic and suffers from repetition but this is gag-for-gag the funniest film of the summer and a fitting end to a much-loved series. So long boys, it's been great to know you.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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RE: The Inbetweeners Movie

I thought the third series of Inbetweeners was decidedly poor in comparison to the first two (it was clear that 1 & 2 were broadly based on the writers own experiences, whereas in 3 they had to actually come up with 'original' stuff and it got stupid), but the film is actually pretty good. It'll date quickly of course, but as an entertaining our and a half you'll struggle to do better this weekend. Word of warning though: if you didn't enjoy the series it's unlikely this'll c... More

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Posted by superdan at 15:20, 18 August 2011 | Report This Post


RE: The Inbetweeners Movie

ig fan of the first two series, liked the third but I could see that it was stretching a bit thin have to disagree, the third series was just as good as 1&2. After all, if we didn't have that, we'd have missed out on Simon's bollock display at Rudge Park's fashion show and Jay's definitive meaning on what separates Wii users from their counterparts :-) ... More

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Posted by jace007 at 15:00, 18 August 2011 | Report This Post


RE: The Inbetweeners Movie

Interesting that Total Film were far less positive about it....  I'm a big fan of the first two series, liked the third but I could see that it was stretching a bit thin.  Might be a LoveFilm job for me! ... More

Posted by Super Hans at 13:23, 18 August 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Knee Deep In ...!

I really enjoyed it & have grown to love these characters over the past few years (YES SADLY EVEN JAY?) thought it was a fitting way to send them off 1 complaint W.T.F HAPPENED TO THE TATTOO SCENE FROM THE TRAILER! ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:57, 18 August 2011 | Report This Post


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I loved it to be honest. Without giving anyway the final sequence with Simon was painfully funny! ... More

Posted by Joedini at 01:26, 18 August 2011 | Report This Post


Knee Deep In ...!

True to the spirit of the tv series - this is effectively what the Inbetweeners did next in the form of a tv film. It doesn't quite hit the heights of the best tv episodes - but the characters are so likeable and have built up such a large reserve of good will that it is hugely enjoyable. And yes, there are some laugh out loud moments - and when you aren't laughing you will be smiling and lamenting the end of a great great series. ... More

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Posted by vipey at 00:35, 18 August 2011 | Report This Post


unsurprising

One good laugh in a mess of 2 dimensional characters, cliche's and bad acting. I really liked the first and second series, had some laughs with the third despite thinking a lot of it was too forced so i hoped that maybe it would be back to the old glory days but my fears concerns were confirmed. The curse of the british sitcom being transferred to the big screen badly strikes again. Watch Easy A if you want to see a funny, good teen comedy. ... More

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Posted by Bourtney at 18:39, 17 August 2011 | Report This Post


great movie, dont expect more than what you would expect of the tv show and you will thoroughly enjoy it. ... More

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Posted by fightclubber954 at 18:30, 17 August 2011 | Report This Post


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