The Inbetweeners Movie (2011) - Film review
Based on the vastly popular British TV show, The Inbetweeners Movie follows Will McKenzie (Simon Bird), Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas), Jay Cartwright (James Buckley) and Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison). Having just finished their A-levels, the boys decide to go on holiday to Malia, intending to drink lots of alcohol and partake in meaningless sex with women. Much like in the show, however, things do not go according to plan for them.
The Inbetweeners Movie is definitely not for people who are not a fan of crude humour, as the majority of the script is full of sexual vulgarities and bad language. But anyone who is familiar with the show will be aware of that, and the film does the TV show justice by staying true to the characters. Much of the comedy in this film is based on the misery of these four losers, and their pathetic attempts to interact with women are very amusing. The comedic timing of the four main stars is terrific, especially in a memorable dance sequence in which Will, Simon and Neil try to woo a group of girls while Jay watches them with contempt. It is a typical story of a group of young men going on holiday and getting up to all kinds of mischief, but the humour is what makes it so fun. The film even veers into dark comedy at times but I personally do not think it ever goes too far. Most people in this film say or do terrible things, much in the vain of other comedy shows like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but the characters are still strangely likeable. The Inbetweeners Movie could have been a disaster like many other film spin-offs of a popular TV show, but it still maintains the humour that made the show such a hit with audiences.
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