For my international readers The Inbetweeners began life as an extremely popular sitcom which spawned one and now a second feature film. The first film made $89m worldwide, more than half of that in the UK.
The film is written and directed by the show’s creators, Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, and brings the original gang of Will, Jay, Simon and Neil back together for another teenage adventure. This time around Jay has travelled out to Australia and has sent back a message claiming great sexual adventures. After another knock back at the entrance to a party the rest of the gang decide to head out to join their pal on the other side of the world.
As background to this review I haven’t seen the TV series or the first film so I come at this as a film in its own right with no real background on the characters. Well it’s a comedy and I laughed consistently. The humour is at times very crude and the language is explicit so it’s not one for the feint hearted. The film doesn’t shy away from gross out humour and there are two scenes involving a dog and another with a water slide and irritable bowel syndrome that I suspect will be the most discussed. Oh and an animal does die (not in real-life) during the film.
The film reminds me of the American Pie series although I would argue the British version has more edge. The cinema was very busy for a Tuesday night and is going to have eleven screenings a day in its second week of release at my local Odeon. The fans are voting with their wallets.