Movie Review – The Inbetweeners

24 Aug

The Inbetweeners is one of my favourite comedy series of all time. Sure, it’s not exactly the most sophisticated of comedy, it’s very silly. It’s very true though, it depicts teenage males incredibly well. I’m not saying that we’ve all puked on someone’s child, or worn urine soaked shoes but it’s true that teenage boys like being all talk and no game. It makes me cringe that I knew some people exactly like a couple of these characters. No one is exactly like them but people share qualities of some of the group.

This film was announced months ago and I was slightly apprehensive about it. There were two main thoughts going through my head. The first one was that they were going to have to tone it down for a cinema audience. Let’s face it, it can be rated 18 but the majority of people that are watching that show on TV are teenagers who are under 15. If they made it an 18 then they lose the majority of their box office (which has been very successful). I personally don’t think that the show should’ve been 18 apart from one or two episodes. It’s rude but not that rude.

The movie follows the four friends, Will, Simon, Jay and Neil go on a last holiday together before they part their separate ways for University and such. They do what you expect (if you’ve seen the show): Make fools of themselves in front of girls, vomit way too much and generally not have anything work out for them. It’s a show that’s worked and if you liked that show (can’t see how you couldn’t have) then you’ll laugh yourself silly in this.

Before I continue, for a show that hit the teenage market (and you can tell this from the adverts that precede the movie) there was a mixed bag of people in the cinema I went too. There were seniors, 40 year olds, 20 year olds, teenagers and everyone in-between. Everyone in this screen was laughing incredibly hard.

There’s one scene in which they decide to try and dance to lure some girls over to them (you may have seen the opening to this scene in the trailer) and I was crying with laughter. That funny. The puerile humour is still there and to be honest I think that this is ruder than the series. Yes, there are one two many looks at a naked man but you can’t help but laugh at some of the stupid things that these boys get up to. Without giving spoilers, I was in fits when Neil and Jay go to a club and think that there’ll be a really famous stripper but get something else instead. There’s a montage at the beginning of what they’ve packed and them getting ready to go out that gets you back into the heads of these characters and something that puts a smile on your face.

You can’t expect anything more from this film and sure there’s one scenario that’s recycled from the show but you’ll laugh. It’s an honest movie but at least they have done the show justice. All four are just as funny as always and they each play their part with enthusiasm that comes across.

Sure, it’s not an Oscar contender but summer movies are pretty terrible on the whole (this year’s been particularly shocking) and you won’t go wrong seeing this. It’s funny. That’s the best word to describe this movie, it’s just very funny.

Score: 3.5/5

3 Responses to “Movie Review – The Inbetweeners”

  1. lizziestack August 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Need to see this!!

  2. Buddy September 3, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Should get round to seeing this soon 😉

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