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The Inbetweeners Movie

December 17th 2011 07:07

I have to confess that I am a huge fan of the TV show of which this film is a continuation. Whilst it's often crass or vulgar (or perhaps because of this) I feel that it captures the modern teenage life of boys so perfectly... we all know a Jay or a Neil or a Will, and so much of The Inbetweeners is recognisable to me that the jokes resonate all the more, evoking a feeling of nostalgia for my not-too-distant younger days. The way these characters interact is 100% spot on - that mix of constant faux-antagonism, shared social awkwardness, and the occasional (rare) glimpses of genuine friendship - it all rings true for the teenage experience. I was sad when the TV show finished, so the prospect of a film that followed up the post-school adventures of these characters made me quite happy.

Neil, Will, Jay and Simon have just finished high school. Dubbing themselves the 'Pussay Patrol', they decide to go on a holiday to the hedonistic Greek islands - determined to party hard and have copious amounts of sex. Upon arrival they find that their hotel is a horrible dive; the proprieter is fishing a dead dog out of the communal well and warns them that shitting on the floor of their room will result in a $50 fine. Each time. The boys go out on the town, and their attempts to get fresh with 'the ladies' seem just as depressing as the hotel. That is, at least until they meet four British girls in a particularly empty bar.

The first thing that I should say is that you don't need to have seen the TV show to appreciate this film. No back story is required, it's basically just a British version of American Pie or The Hangover. For those who have seen the TV show, a familiarity with the characters will only deepen the appeal. Every minor character from the TV series shows up in some capacity (even Fat John), and the exploits of the boys go much further than the constraints of television ever allowed. Some parts of the film won't be for the faint of heart (or stomach) but my sides literally hurt from laughing too hard and frequently. It's not exactly new ground for comedy or unpredictably plotted, but the half-cocked charm of the four leads ensures that the material is approached with buckets of enthusiasm and energy, and the comedy is of a realistic kind that should seem familiar to anyone who had a traditionally mispent youth.

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