The Inbetweeners Movie

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Teenage friends Will McKenzie, Simon Cooper, Jay Cartwright, and Neil Sutherland have finished their A-levels and are about to leave Rudge Park Comprehensive, much to the relief of Mr. Gilbert, their sardonic sixth form tutor. Within their final week of school, Jay’s grandfather dies, Simon is dumped by his girlfriend Carli D’Amato, and Will’s divorced father tells him he has married his much younger mistress. The boys decide to go on holiday together and Neil books them a trip to Malia, Crete.

At a bar, they meet four girls: Alison, Lucy, Lisa and Jane. Their initial meeting does not go smoothly, but the girls arrange to meet the boys at their hotel the next day. Outside the bar, Simon sees Carli across the street and talks awkwardly with her before being knocked down by a quad-bike ridden by James, a cocky and abusive bully and alpha male club rep and Carli’s new boyfriend. She reveals she is going to an all-day boat party later in the week, and Simon pledges to meet her there.

The next day, Jay and Simon get into an argument over Simon’s continuing obsession with Carli and Jay’s continual false bravado and they brawl in the street until Will and Neil drag off Simon and Jay, respectively, in different directions. Desperate to buy a ticket for the boat party, Simon naively sells all his clothes to James, including what he is wearing, but receives no money for it. Meanwhile, Jay angrily tears up two of the four boat party tickets he secretly bought for all of them while drunk the night before as a surprise. Later that evening, the four boys meet back at the empty bar and reconcile. The girls then turn up and suggest that they all go skinny dipping at the local beach. Jane attempts to kiss Jay, but when two men poke fun at him over her weight and Jay pulls away, she leaves him behind. Will has better luck with Alison until she spots her boyfriend, Nicos, having sex with another woman, and she leaves crying. In the water, Lucy and Simon appear to be growing closer, and are about to kiss, but Simon sees Carli on the beach and leaves Lucy alone in the sea.

The next day, they meet the girls again at the beach. Alison gives Will Nicos’ ticket, while Simon apologises to Lucy, and she offers him her boat party ticket so that he can be with Carli. On board, Simon witnesses an argument between Carli and James. Carli then kisses Simon passionately, and he is elated, until he realises that she is just using him to make James jealous. Finally seeing Carli for what she really is, he ditches her. Meanwhile, Jay apologises to Jane and they form a relationship, as do Will and Allison and Neil and Lisa. Simon finally sees that Lucy is more worthy of his attention than the shallow Carli, and knowing that he has been less than kind to her, he decides to swim to shore as a grand romantic gesture, but he struggles and almost drowns. As he is loaded into an ambulance, Lucy kisses him and they reconcile. After the boat party is over, the other boys and girls visit Simon in hospital, and once he recovers they all spend the rest of their holiday together as couples. In a final scene before the credits, a drunken Mr. Gilbert is seen riding a quad bike through the streets of Malia in his underwear with a tie round his head in a John Rambo style.


I recently finished watching The Inbetweeners series, so I guess now would be the opportune time to watch The Inbetweeners Movie. I wonder, though, if this will be one of those movies about a TV series that moves things to a logical conclusion, or one of those that is nothing more than a sad attempt at squeezing out some cash from the loyal fan base. Only one way to find out!

What is this about?

In this coming-of-age comedy that picks up where the popular series left off, Will, Simon, Jay and Neil go on holiday to Crete after a series of unfortunate events unfolds during their final week at Rudge Park Comprehensive.

What did I like?

Out of England. The show lasted for about 3 or 4 seasons, or series as they are called across the pond. In that time, it is rare that they left the confines of their school and neighborhood, but they did go on an occasional outing. Now that the boys have all graduated, they can finally go on wild adventures together. First stop, Malia, Crete. I don’t know much about the place but I am glad that the filmmakers chose to get these blokes out of that town as quickly as possible. We’ve had an entire series of watching them at home. It is way past time for a change of scenery.

Female counterparts. Anytime there is a group of young men, there tends to be a group of young ladies that are the perfect match. At least that’s how they would appear to be, anyway. The girls that show up in and the boys pursue aren’t exactly perfect matches for them, except for Neil, but they are a compliment to them and their personalities. For the live of me, I don’t know why this wasn’t done during the show. Probably because they were too busy dealing with the same two or three girls every week, one of which actually made it into this film!

Dance, monkey, dance. Four socially awkward guys, who have had a little bit too much to drink, try to introduce themselves to four attractive girls. How else do they approach them? With dance moves that show how truly awkward they really are. Somehow, though, they not only make this one of the funniest scenes of the picture, but they get to meet the girls. Kudos, gentlemen, kudos!

What didn’t I like?

Developmentally challenged. I’m going to take a minute and compare this to The Simpsons Movie and South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut. What do those have in common with this picture? Well, nothing really, except they are movies based on TV shows. The thing that made both of those work was how they took characters we had grown to know for years and gave them some extra dimension. With this, I feel as if the guys, who have just graduated from their school, haven’t grown any over the years. They literally feel as if they are the same characters they were in episode 1, except for Will, and that’s only because he’s not the new kid anymore.

Extended episode. There is a vibe to this film that is reminiscent of the show, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing. I couldn’t help but get the feeling this was meant to be one of those special, extended episodes that just was put away until they decided to make a movie. Then it was pulled out and edited. Why do films about TV shows do this? They all seem like an extended episode. I haven’t seen it, but I would imagine Serenity feels like an extended version of Firefly, too!

Gender equal nudity. This is going to make me sound like a horndog sexist, and for that I apologize, but I have to ponder where were the bare breasts and other parts of the female anatomy? There was plenty of male genitalia to be seen, but only one set of boobs was on display. How is this fair? There needs to be some kind of balance, don’t you think? Actually, this probably wouldn’t even be an issue if this wasn’t a film aimed more toward the male audience, but because it is, one must wonder why it was such a sausage fest when it came to nudity.

Final verdict on The Inbetweeners Movie? Much like the show, there is a plot, but it isn’t much to speak of, as these blokes just randomly find themselves in various situations. The only difference between this and the show, though, is a bigger budget, the addition of the girls, and the nudity. Hardly enough of a reason to get excited about, even if one is a fan. Honestly, one would do better staying in and watching the series instead of this. Did I mention there is a sequel, as well?

2 1/2 out of 5 stars


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