The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

School’s out forever for why-on-Earth-are-they-friends Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Will (Simon Bird), and they have a holiday planned. Arriving in Malia for a lad’s holiday following Simon’s dumping at the hands of one-true-love Carly (Emily Head), our heroes’ preparations for sun, sea and sex quickly fall by the wayside as they find themselves well and truly out of their depths. From phallic sunburns to firsky pensioners; Malia has them now.

With our beloved characters and talented franchise-regular director Ben Palmer in check, The Inbetweeners Movie need only concern itself with providing a fitting end to a classic British television series. While similar adaptations such as Sex and the City, The X-Files: I Want to Believe and The Simpsons Movie have each been variably successful – sometimes alienating fans rather than appeasing them – The Inbetweeners Movie thankfully manages to end the franchise on a high.

However, while it might be no Power Rangers: The Movie – or, as rumours have suggested, Kevin and Perry Go Large The Inbetweeners Movie fares slightly less successfully as a piece of cinema. While an impressively swooping establishing shot ensures that it at least looks like a movies, The Inbetweeners Movie rarely feels like a movie. Painfully episodic, the series regulars are left to carry the movie in lieu of a structured sense of momentum. While Bird’s trademark voice-over might have worked for the series – and even leads to a few laughs here – it is relentlessly overused and irritatingly intrusive, often accompanying the even more distracting soundtrack and constantly undermining any narrative flow.

Luckily, such gripes are often shortlived, with the nigh-unnatural gag-rate coming to the rescue with improbably consistency. The Inbetweeners Movie is one of the funniest movies you will see this year, as crass and cringe-worthy as anything Judd Apatow has put his name to but with a dimensionality which goes beyond manchildren being dreadfully unlikeable. There isn’t even a fat one, how revolutionary!

Genuinely hilarious, surprisingly good natured and welcomingly sweet, The Inbetweeners Movie is a beautifully scripted, poignantly acted and heartfelt farewell to a truly great series. Far, far from award winning, it is nevertheless the best British comedy I have seen so far this year.


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3 Responses to The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

  1. Nostra says:

    It is interesting as well if you don’t know The Inbetweeners? I have no idea who they are….

  2. The story is rather generic so I don’t see lack of familiarity being too big a problem. All I know is that I usually loath comedies but genuinely found The Inbetweeners Movie hilarious.

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