Posted December 1, 2011 by Alex Moss Editor in DVD/Blu-ray
 
 

The Inbetweeners Movie


Sun, sea, laughs and all the other things that accompany an ill-advised lads holiday.

Sun, sea, laughs and all the other things that accompany
an ill-advised lads holiday.

On the rare
occasion that a TV show spawns a movie spin-off it is normally an excuse to run
for the hills. Taking characters,
as lovable and entertaining as they might be on the small screen, and
projecting them to larger than life situations often results in dramatic
failure. Think The A-Team (2010), Starsky & Hutch (2004) and, perhaps more relevant to this film,
Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000)
and you are not exactly filled with optimism. Thankfully The Inbetweeners Movie doesn’t try and make it
bigger and better, but sticks to a well-worn and highly entertaining formula,
which has made four lads from Rudge Park Comprehensive School, so loved.

With school over
the lads are looking to a summer of transition before they all head off to Uni
or open a car radio shop with Rio Ferdinand, supposedly. Simon (Joe Thomas) has just been dumped by love of his life Carli (Emily Head), Will (Simon Bird) has just discovered his father has remarried and he
wasn’t invited to the wedding, which was reserved for 200 close friends and
family, Neil (Blake Harrison) is
busy working in a supermarket and Jay (James
Buckely
) has just discovered his grandfather has died. It’s safe to say the summer is not off
to a good start. The good news is
Jay has inherited some money so the gang jet off to Malia for a sex-fueled orgy
of drunken buffoonery.

Of course once
there the lads discover their hotel is a hellhole, Carli is also in Malia and
the boys don’t quite fit in. But
when they meet a group of girls, including Alison (Laura Haddock) who finds Will’s brand of humour surprisingly honest
and amusing, the boys’ luck might be looking up.

Suffice to say
that any plot on offer here is more of an excuse to get the gang into
increasingly cringe-worthy situations.
Jay falling asleep on an ants nest, Simon selling all his clothes for a
ticket to a boat party, Neil romancing an elderly clubber and Will insulting a
handicapped girl all in the name of keeping a prime spot sun bed. It’s all in a day’s work for The
Inbetweeners, but it never tries to stretch itself beyond the realms of the
firmly established norm of the TV show and as a result, and a longer running
time, manages to find heart in the otherwise misfitting lads.

Yes there are
moments where director Ben Palmer
expresses a little cinematic flair, the opening shot as we sweep through the
clouds, down onto the neighbourhood and through Jay’s window where he is
inevitably pleasuring himself with a glove and sliced ham is one such example,
but on the whole the essence of the T4 show is kept front and centre. Crucial to this is the character
interaction. The banter between
Simon, Will, Jay and Neil has always been the premium selling point of the show
and in its filmic version it does not fail to deliver. What is more we are allowed to delve
into just a hint, this is after all supposed to be a fun romp, of emotions from
the boys as they realise that before long they will be moving on and most
likely parting ways. The end goes
so far as to hint that the gang, outside of Will who was born an old man, might
actually be growing up. All of
this is naturally serenaded by Simon’s ever dry and sarcastic voice-over just
to really hit the tickle button when you were already firmly entertained.

It might be
crass, it certainly is vulgar and it will probably not appeal to people who
have seen the show and didn’t like it, but for everyone else The Inbetweeners
Movie is a wonderful and funny invitation to hang out with this motley
crew. If this is the end of The
Inbetweeners it is a resounding fun and fond farewell.


Alex Moss Editor

 
Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com