Cinema review – The Inbetweeners 2

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Cast: Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison.

Plot summary: (Courtesy of IMDB) Neil, Will and Simon receive an invite from Jay to join him in Australia whilst on his gap year, who promises them it’s ”the sex capital of the world”. With their lives now rather dull compared to their hedonistic school days and legendary lads holiday, it’s an offer they can’t refuse. Once again, they put growing up temporarily on-hold, and embark on a backpacking holiday of a lifetime in an awful car, inspired by Peter Andre’s ‘Mysterious Girl’. Will soon finds himself battling with the lads to do something cultural, whilst they focus their attention on drinking, girls, and annoying fellow travelers.

6 years ago, a new sitcom aired on E4 about 4 misfit sixth-formers struggling through the awkwardness of late adolescence. It proved to be a big hit with audiences who lapped up its blend of potty mouthiness, excruciating social situations and gross-out humour. In 2011, it successfully made the transition to the big screen where it had the biggest ever opening weekend for a comedy film in the UK, beating other comedies such as The Hangover Part 2.

The Inbetweeners is one of my favourite sitcoms and I thoroughly enjoyed the first film. However, when I first saw the trailer for this one, I have to say it left me rather cold. And I thought to myself that this was going to be disappointing. As it turns out, it was a wise move that they didn’t spoil any of the film’s best gags in the trailer. I actually ended up enjoying this just as much as it did the first one.

Sure, it may not have as many memorable scenes as its predecessor, like the dance routine bit or that pathetic fight between Jay and Simon which ends with the former “kicking” a park bench. And the script is rather contrived at times, not to mention that all the female characters are merely one-dimensional. With all that aside, it still has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, including possibly the most disgustingly hilarious incident you’ll see in cinemas this year (you’ll never want to go on a water slide ever again).

The main cast are game as ever, with the MVP title going to Blake Harrison as the adorably gormless Neil. In the first one, he provided some of the film’s most disturbingly funny moments, mainly involving middle-aged women. This time round, he accidentally kills a dolphin by feeding it “proper food” like meatball subs and burgers. He has always been the heart of the show and I hope that Harrison continues to grace our screens with his presence.

While it may pale in comparison to their previous outing, The Inbetweeners 2 is still the funniest Brit flick of the year so far.

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