Saturday, 17 December 2011

The Inbetweeners Movie

I like football, but I don't like Burnley. Burnley can f*ck off.

The movie followup to the brilliant Channel 4 series “The Inbetweeners” continues the stories of our hapless quartet, Obsessed Simon, Gormless Neil, Sex mad virgin Jay and Socially inept Will are off to Malia for Sun, Sea and Sex. I was initially concerned that the film wouldn't live up to its roots particularly given the very hackneyed plot of “Lads Holiday” and  I was pleasantly surprised to see all the lads on top form and a well written and witty film ensue. At times it does feel more like a TV special but if it had been “Blockbustered” I think it would have lost all its charm.

Of particular note is the Head of Sixth leavers speech. Mr Gilbert says what we know all teachers are really thinking. I love that man!

This isn't The Dead Poets Society and I am not that bloke on bbc2 keeps getting kids to sing in choirs. I especially don't want to hear how well you are settling down at uni or how much growing up you have done in the past 12 months. At best I am ambivalent towards most of you, but some of you I actively dislike, for no other reason than your poor personal hygiene or your irritating personalities. I hope I have made myself clear on this point and in case any of you think I am joking, I am not. I assure you, once my legal obligation to look after you best interests is removed, I can be one truly nasty fucker. Good luck with the rest of your lives and try not to kill anyone, it reflects very badly on all of us here.vlcsnap-2011-12-16-20h03m26s169

One thing The Inbetweeners Movie does very well is close the stories. It is apparent, particularly with Simon, that the characters have done their arc and are progressing from funny twats to annoying ones. In fact they have already become so inept that one of the biggest niggles of the film is the female love interests interest in them! Much as I loved the series and this movie it is clear that if it had continued it would devolve into a shadow of its former glory.

Overall a fun film of the kind only the UK can churn out. If you expect some puerile fun and crude humour then you will not be disappointed. A great little outing and well worth a watch.

Paul Out.

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