by Leah Stafford, Student of Film Studies at Chesterfield College
RELEASED August 17th 2011
DIRECTOR Ben Palmer
CAST Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas
RUNNING TIME 100 minutes
PLOT: After being dumped by the love of his life Carli, heartbroken teenager Simon (Thomas) and best pals, Will (Bird), Jay (Buckley) and Neil (Harrison) decide to go on a lads holiday to Malia. Be prepared for embarrassing memories, lots of girls, alcohol and one hell of a party.
Usually when a big television programme gets the film treatment it flops, however this film certainly does not, with charm, wit and plenty of crude gags.
Like the television series, the four lads are still the same unlucky in love dorks, with Jay helping them along the way, chasing girls, getting drunk and trying to get laid.
The film see's four best friends finally leaving Rudge Park Comprehensive, after many years of torment and embarrassing memories, and like most teenagers these days, going on a holiday, before committing to real life.
The lads decide to go on a lads holiday to Malia financed by Jay's granddad "looking like the worlds s****est boyband", in the hope of finding, as Jay puts it, "sun, sea, sex, sand, sex, sea, booze, t**s, booze, and sex". Like the TV series, the lads are perceived the exact same way.
Jay is as foul-mouthed and desperate as ever, Neil is himself in true 'Neil style', Simon is yet again love obsessed with Carli (Emily Head) and Will tries his luck with another out-of-his-league female, Alison (Laura Haddock).
The fun of this film is that everyone can relate to one of these characters in some way, either being them yourself or having a friend like them. Although you might assume the film just going to be full of rude gags, nudity and lots of embarrassments, it's surprising that it shows the four thinking about friendship and the bigger world.
The film is an all round 'laugh out loud' comedy, that invites you into the thoughts and adventures of the four teenagers lives, including an hilarious dance routine, which is one of the best parts of the movie.
I am pleased to say that this movie lived up to my expectations and did not disappoint. Full of lad banter, crude jokes and plenty of nudity, it is exactly what the Inbetweeners is all about. It's a genuine, hilarious comedy that is highly recommended.
However, I do advise that if you have a mature mind and take gags offensively; watch the series before seeing this film, as you may find the humour too juvenile and vulgar.
The Inbetweeners Movie might be full of hilarious teen comedy, juvenile gags and witty, strong lines, but let's face it, it's a box office 'must see' hit!
5 out of 5 'Spires'
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