Film Review: The Inbetweeners Movie

(Published on Rushes Online Film Magazine, and read this in In Retrospect – Issue 1)

Directed by Ben Palmer, The Inbetweeners Movie topped the UK box office this week taking £13.2 million in its opening weekend, totalling £11.4 million more than Cowboys and Aliens this week and £4.9 million more than James Cameron’s hit film Avatar in 2009.

Based on the award-winning E4 comedy, Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison) say goodbye to high school and prepare for a minge-tastic summer holiday before they split up for university. After three series of embarrassing adolescent experiences and geeky banter through their time at sixth form, will they finally achieve their almost impossible goal of losing their virginities after two years of their cringe-worthy attempts?

Produced by Christopher Young, the guy behind all three series of the TV show, The Inbetweeners Movie only had two ways to go. Either it would bore us from being too repetitive of the series as the third series was heading, or it would be one of the funniest films of the year and the quartet would entertain us with a number of new ways of how to show themselves up in a crowd. Fortunately, it was the latter, and the film has you laughing constantly, even in their attempts of being serious.

The film begins with the end of sixth form. The group need to try to help Simon get over his newly ex-girlfriend Carli (Emily Head) after being madly – or to word it better, insanely – in love with her since the start of the series. After a not-so-heart-warming speech from their head of sixth form, Mr Gilbert (Greg Davies), they plan to go on a ‘lads on tour’ holiday to Crete (even though it’s actually filmed in Magaluf).

On their first night, the boys meet a group of four girls who are almost too-perfectly matched up with them. From the beginning we know that Will will eventually get with the hottest of the group, Alison (Laura Haddock), Simon will somehow mess it up with Lucy (Tamla Kari) after becoming so close to being ‘the cool one’, Jay will find himself attracted to the ‘fatty’ of the group Jane (Lydia Rose Bewley) as his father only too often joked about, and Neil would get his hands sticky with Lisa (Jessica Knappet) after forgetting about his latest bit of squeeze back home.

Although it’s easy to presume this from the series, it was still highly enjoyable and completely hilarious to see how the boys got there after avoiding its predicament of being too samey. Only being 97 minutes long the film also held the threat of showing its funniest scenes in the trailer. When Neil’s dancing scene came onto the big screen it was almost unlaughable from the amount it was publicised on the TV. Amazingly, it managed to be even funnier in its full context; as the rest of the group joined in with their own bad dance trailing behind him, my eyes streamed with tears from laughter.

Is this the end of The Inbetweeners? I think sadly it is. But at least they’ve ended on a high. Well done Palmer and Young, you couldn’t have done it better.

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