Movie Review – The Inbetweeners Movie

I literally don’t know where to begin with this one.

For a start, it’s practically unreviewable; anyone who watched and enjoyed The Inbetweeners on TV (and let’s face it, hardly anybody didn’t) will definitely be going to see this film, if they haven’t already.

You’d have to be an even bigger geek than Will not to know about The Inbetweeners, but in case you haven’t, here’s the general idea: four college students, hardly losers but by no means popular, struggle to get through their teenage years with their dignity intact, and fail tragically in the process. After three series covering their college years, their first movie takes them on that most ill-advised teenage rite of passage: a lads’ holiday abroad.

As a film, it’s difficult to tell whether it works or not. I mean, it’s a mess; there’s precious sign of a plot for at least the first half – entire characters are given significant introductions only to be forgotten about and never shown again. What’s more, you find yourself asking where else they can go with the crass humour and the attempts at shocking; I guess they could always murder someone, but murder just isn’t funny. Although that doesn’t stop them getting pretty close…

Don’t worry, though: the laughs are there. There aren’t as many as you might want, but the vulgar language, nauseating toilet humour and questionable approach to the rights of disabled holidaymakers are all present and correct, and you’ll leave laughing regardless of the film’s weaker moments.

But if you’re just looking for a series of crude insults and casual violence then move on, because whilst there’s easily enough of that kind of thing, there’s just more to it than that. I’d even go as far as to say that there are some tender moments, too; the characters all go through their respective rough patches, and you genuinely end up wanting to know how it all works out for them. And to be honest, that’s where the film’s great strengths lie.

And the ending. THE ENDING. Well OK, not actually the ending, just the bit at the boat party (you’ll know which bit I mean). You won’t expect that.

So if you want to know if Simon manages to get back with Carly, whether or not Will finally shakes off his nerdy image (I’ll tell you now: he doesn’t) and if Jay lives up to the string of filthy lies he tells about himself, then go and see it. You’ll get all that and more. Including a naked Mr Gilbert.