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I first came across The Inbetweeners just after the second series ended towards the end of 2009. A friend had the box set and said how funny it was and recommended I watched it. I watched both 1 and 2 series in a weekend, I was addicted to it. Series 3 came out in 2010 and the film was announced to be released in 2011.
Simon Bird as Will McKenzie
James Buckley as Jay Cartwright
Blake Harrison as Neil Sutherland
Joe Thomas as Simon Cooper
Emily Head as Carli D'Amato
Laura Haddock as Alison
Tamla Kari as Lucy
Jessica Knappett as Lisa
Lydia Rose Bewley as Jane
Theo James as James
Theo Barklem-Biggs as Richard
Anthony Head as Mr. McKenzie
Belinda Stewart-Wilson as Polly McKenzie
Martin Trenaman as Alan Cooper
Robin Weaver as Pamela Cooper
David Schaal as Terry Cartwright
Victoria Willing as Mrs Cartwright
Alex MacQueen as Kevin Sutherland
Greg Davies as Mr. Gilbert
Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Mark Donovan
Lauren O'Rourke as Nicole
The film starts at the end of the school term, the boys Will, Simon, Jay and Neil are now 18 and have finished their A Levels. Carli breaks up with Simon saying that their relationship wouldn't work with them going to different universities, Jay uses this as a good excuse for them to go on a "lads holiday" and to spent some of his grandfathers inheritance, its booked by Neil for them to go to Malia in Crete. After a lengthy flight delay they finally arrive and see a group of ladies on the coach which they comment on how "hot" they are. The coach drops them off at their accommodation, a very derelict looking hotel and they check in. After a freshen up they head out and soon encounter the ladies from the coach again, after a hilarious "introduction" by Neil's dancing they all get talking and soon form a bond with each of them which is a combination of flirting and friendship. Alison gets chatting to Will however she has a Greek waiter boyfriend but agrees to sleep with Will one year from the day if he's still a virgin. Simon talks to Lucy and spends quite a lot of time talking about Carli, who is also out in Malia at that point due to Neil's stupidity in booking where she was going,. Neil dances with Lisa who becomes frustrated at him constantly going off with older women. Jay is "stuck with" the "fat bird" Jane who he spends quite a bit of time flirting with but at the same time feels ashamed of being seen with her seen as she is a slightly larger lady. The chance meeting with Carli and James, her unofficial rep leads the boys to boat party which is said to be a perfect excursion, they all, in their own way get tickets, Jay and Neil have a pair which Jay bought when drunk, he did rip up Simon and Wills, Will has one from Alison after she discovers her Greek waiter boyfriend is cheating on her and Simon takes Lucy's ticket after she gives it to him seeing how much Carli means to him. They board the boat and set off towards the sunset. Alison speaks to Will and despite her reservations on is "weirdness" she does conclude he is a kind person and agrees to be his girlfriend. Lisa grabs Neil from kissing an older woman and they soon become a couple. Jay and Jane head off towards the toilet where Jay tells her he's not ashamed of her and really likes her. Simon after meeting Carli realises he's made a mistake and decides he's going to swim back to shore and be with Lucy, this doesn't quite go to plan and he ends up in hospital. The film ends with scenes of the rest of the holiday, the boys spend their time with the girls as couples and we see them at the end heading home.
I am a massive fan of the series and I could not wait to see the film in the cinema. I went and saw this the opening night and I can honestly say it was the best film I've seen in the cinema in terms of atmosphere. The screen itself was full, something I've not seen in many years and it was great to laugh at the funny parts alongside everybody else, it gave it a great feel to it. The film itself is very much a "coming of age" story, as viewers we've seen the boys progress into young men and the associated perils of growing up. I am 27 and certain aspects of the film and series I can relate too, not being a "popular" kid or a "geeky" one its easy to see part of my own experience in growing up almost match theirs and we as viewers can relate to it. The film itself overall is fantastic, it has many laugh out loud moments and some touching moments but it keep a good comedy balance. The locations of the filming is mixed, only about 1 minute of the film was actually filmed in Malia, this is the lads first walk down the strip, the rest of the exterior shots were in Mallorca and some internal scenes in London, as a person who has been to Malia before I am aware of the visual differences of some exterior scenes however this doesn't take anything away from the film and the fact that they went over to Malia just to film a short sequence is clear they wanted to give it a certain level of realism, I assume they had reasons for not filming in Malia for the entire film.
Despite the popularity of the TV series the film was quite an unexpected box office hit. It took around £2.5 million in its first day and £13.2 million over the opening weekend, not only becoming the number 1 box office for that week but also being the highest opening weekend for a comedy film ever in the UK. As was the success of the film and after much discussion it was announced a second film would be out in August 2014 and based in Australia, I very much look forward to seeing this!
I give this 5/5
The Inbetweeners The Movie is based on the British comedy show 'The Inbetweeners' (which ran for three series). The movie was released in the United Kingdom in 2011. The DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.00 which I think is good value for money.
~ * The Plot (as it appears on Amazon.co.uk) * ~
Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison), have finished school forever and are off on their first lads holiday. They're looking forward to two weeks in Malia with no parents, no teachers and little chance with the ladies. From disastrous holiday accommodation, to Simon's heartache, to Neil's spectacular dancing, to Jay falling asleep in an ants nest, it's a real coming-of-age film - where four boys become men...or at least try to. And with the chance of holiday romance the boys pull out of all stop.
I think that the plot is quite interesting as it is something that everyone can relate to and you just know that everything is just not going to go to plan which makes it even funnier. The movie is good; I mean I wouldn't say that it is the best movie I have ever seen, but it is entertaining and does make an enjoyable watch. It is a great 'cheer-me-up' movie, although I did think that it was a bit sad knowing that this is the end of The Inbetweeners....hopefully they will reunite.
The characters in this movie are so funny. The movie focuses on the four main characters in the series; Jay, Will, Simon and Neil. Each character is individual although there is a part of them which I think everyone can relate to. It's hard to pick a favourite character as there are different 'parts' of each character that I like. In this movie, it was interesting to see how the boys change slightly. For example, it was interesting to see Jay become quite sensitive, Neil a hit with the ladies, Simon finally come to his senses and Will suddenly become cool.
The humour in the movie as with the series is very crude; expect lots of bad language and 'rudeness' so if you like this kind of humour then great, if not I would avoid it especially if you are easily offended. The movie is 15 which means that if you are under fifteen, then this movie is not for you.
When thinking about the movie and the series....it's quite clear which is the best. Whilst I enjoyed this movie and found it highly entertaining, I don't think that it is as good as the series. Each episode in the series is around 30 minutes long and so the humour is quick witted and the plots are fast paced. However, the movie seems to have the same content as the series, yet it just doesn't work as well as the series; the content of the movie would be great in an episode but as a movie...it just seems a bit like a 'stretched-out' episode. Perhaps rather than make a movie of their one week holiday, perhaps they could have done a series on the boys going away for the summer to 'work abroad' or something similar. I do think that this movie is very short at an hour and a half- it seems to be over and done with in no time.
All in all I would recommend this movie, especially if you like The Inbetweeners. I don't think that it is necessary to have seen The Inbetweeners series in order the 'get' the movie. It may help you understand the characters better if you have seen the series first though. One thing I will say is that if you see the movie without watching the series then you may think 'ah this isn't that great', but for someone like me who has seen the series, I was mainly interested in the movie just to see what happened to the characters we have all become to love after watching the series.
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Star - The Inbetweeners
Genre - Comedy
County - British
Certificate - 15
Run Time - 97minutes
Blockbusters - £3 per night
Amazon - £5.00 DVD (£8.00Blue Ray)
Will: "So smelling like an industrial accident in a Lynx factory and looking like the world's sh**test boyband, we hit the town"....'
I must admit I don't quite get what all the fuss is about with The Inbetweeners. I watched the sitcom with an open mind when it first came out and chuckled away her and there but not that fussed when I missed an episode or two, which is a good sign than maybe it's not for you. But with younger Brit's it has a decent following, 'The Young Ones' of its time, popular enough to be the highest grossing comedy film on opening in the UK of all time, taking £56 million to date, beating the rather dreadful Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason and the equally poor sequel to The Hangover. Although The Inbetweeners is comfortably the best of the three it's clearly no where near the top three British comedies of all time where the critics are concerned, merely a British version of the American Pie movie, which I hated.
The film tidies up the end of the sitcoms final series and is clearly what kids of the day want from their sitcoms and pretty much everyone who had seen and enjoyed it wanted more by pitching up at the multiplex to watch the movie, deliberately puerile and very crude, averaging an impressive 7.6 with 18-year-olds on the Imdb database. It was down to just 5.9 for the over 45s. Rottentomatos.com critics gave it the big splat for further balance with a 55% critic's approval rate whilst their website users gave it a fresh 75% approval and thumbs up, that kind of movie. But the British student class age loves their toilet humor and this square peg was easily whacked into a square hole. Nothing wrong with a dose of knob gags now and then after all!
* Simon Bird as Will McKenzie
* James Buckley as Jay Cartwright
* Blake Harrison as Neil Sutherland
* Joe Thomas as Simon Cooper
* Emily Head as Carli D'Amato
* Laura Haddock as Alison
* Tamla Kari as Lucy
* Jessica Knappett as Lisa
* Lydia Rose Bewley as Jane
* Theo James as James
* Anthony Head as Will's Dad
* Belinda Stewart-Wilson as Polly McKenzie
* Martin Trenaman as Alan Cooper
* Robin Weaver as Pamela Cooper
* David Schaal as Terry Cartwright
* Alex MacQueen as Kevin Sutherland
* Greg Davies as Mr. Gilbert
* Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Mark Donovan
Friends and loveable losers Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison) have just wrapped up their A-levels and are about to leave school. Within their final week, however, Simon is dumped by his girlfriend Carli (Emily Head) and so the boys decide to go on holiday together to help him get over it, Neil, booking them on a trip to a resort in Crete.
As expected their accommodation on the island is crap but they hit the town in good spirits and soon half-cut from those spirits, Neil, who has a girl back home, not that fussed who he snogs and soon sticking his tongue down a tattooed northern grannies throat.
When tricked into an empty bar on the main town centre drag by a pretty tout the boys somehow manage to impress some girls with their dancing skills, Alison (Laura Haddock), Lucy (Tamla Kiri), Lisa (Jessica Knappet) and Jane (Lydia Rose Bewley) just about giving them the time of day for their embarrassing moves. But Simon is still pining over his girlfriend and so killing the mood and the groups go their separate ways.
Neil, who is not that brightest bulb in the socket, had asked Carli where she was going on holiday and booked the same resort and so she, too, in town, much to the surprise of ex Simon, who grabs the chance to try and rekindle his relationship. But Carli is seeing some local rep and so the boys have to cheer him up again by heading out to party some more on the strip, hitting a bar that turns out to be a gay one, and then just getting hit, piles of puke, blood and coarse humor sure to follow, sex obsessed Jay not backing off with his dire chat up and gaucheness around the girls bringing further trouble for the boys.
Will, the sensitive and witty one, also on heat, clicks with posh totty Alison when the two groups meet up again although she also has a boyfriend on the island. The plan is to all get tickets for the big party boat cruise at the end of the week, one last chance for Simon to hook back up with Carli and for Will to get the girl of his dreams - and for Jay to get off with the fat one. Neil still doesn't care who he kisses.
Jay Cartwright: Don't you know about foreign police? They take you up a hill, beat you up and then they bum you!
Neil Sutherland: Yeah, and if they don't kill you, you kill yourself because of the shame of you getting a boner whilst you was being bummed!
What can I say, Kevin and Perry meets Bottom, the best I can do. But this is a young peoples film and they clearly enjoyed it with their popcorn and mates at the multiplexes in the summer and so what does it matter what I think. I always believe newspapers and magazines should only use film and TV reviewers the same age as the demographic the film or TV is aimed at. You wince when 55-year-old Chris Tookey of The Mail slaughters a movie aimed at 12-year-olds.
There are funny bits and there are obvious bits and the Brits abroad thing an easy vehicle to hit those 18-30 holiday clichés out of the park with saucy postcard and cringe humor. The characters are appealing and represent you and me at that age when we went out to a club or bar - or that two weeks in Ibiza - and we got drunk and incapable so we had an excuse not to be brave enough to chat up pretty girls, preferring to look at our feet or buy huge macho rounds of shooters to taking the plunge. But for English girls the two weeks in Ibiza is a very different experience and they just want to let their hair down and leave their English reserve at home though some guilt free snogging and bonking, why this film also appealed to them, before they slip back into their shell and timid routines back home. In fact the film is very much that two weeks in Ibiza indulgence.
All this means is there's plenty of scope for cringe and knob gags all the way through and the boys don't let us down. I always wince a bit though when twenty something guys are cast to play teenagers, noticeable here, an added dimension detrimental to the humor if you ask me, 28-year-old Simon Bird playing an 18-year-old all rather odd. But the show is all about that awkwardness and it seems to work, as did the film, although not one I would recommend to anyone over 30 and who doesn't read the Viz comic. As popular as The Inbetweeners are it's the Young Ones for me every time.
Imdb.com - 6.8 /10.0 (32,456 votes)
Metacritc.com - 44% critic's approval rating
Rottentomatos.com -55% critic's approval rating
Los Angeles Times -'Basically just another bawdy spring break movie - with an accent'
The Times - 'A disposable but inventive and intelligent series follow-up which satisfies as a standalone experience'.
San Francisco Chronicle - You may not be proud of it, but you'll probably find something to laugh at in "The Inbetweeners Movie'
New York Times - 'The movie is apparently the most popular British comedy in history. I guarantee that its success has nothing to do with the quality of the actual movie ...'
Idaho News - 'A torturous motion picture experience that I don't recommend to anybody more mature than the protagonists'.
The Sun - 'It's vulgar in the extreme and technically rough, but with enough endearing moments to redeem the raunch'.
Film Only review:
We catch up with the lads finishing school and off on a trip to Malia from the South East of England. Firm friends from the past 3 series of the show we catch up with Neil who is finally seeing a girl who he works with in a fishmongers, Simon who has been dating Carly for the past year who decides to call it a day as she is going to university and on holiday and thinks it best they split so that they can do their own things leaving him broken hearted, Jay who is simply his usual self and Will who not only narrates us through the story but is as stuffy and sarky as ever.
They guys arrive in Malia wearing bright pink t shirts saying pussay patrol on them and of course have one or two things on their minds. Erm....women to be polite about it and getting very, very drunk with the help of Jays dead Grandads money.
Not only are they staying in a terribly disgusting hotel but of course this lot soon upset the locals and eachother, get drunk, puke everywhere and of course there is plenty of nudity and watching the guys make complete prats out of themselves (the scene of the guys dancing is good for a giggle) trying to flirt with some girls!
However the holiday concerning the opposite sex isnt going well apart from with Neil who is grabbing grannies on dancefloors left, right and centre, and Simon's ex Carly is in the same place cosying up to a local rep because Neil didn't know where they should go on holiday and asked her where she was going and stupidily booked the same place as her (he's lovable that one but not the brightest of sparks poor lamb!).
However things change when the mad four meet up four equally mad party girls who none of them stand a chance with...or do they? Will they pull them or get arrested and banged up first?
I really don't want to go into the plot too much but if your a fan of The Inbetweeners my best bet is your going to chuckle yourself almost to death as I did. This film really doesn't disapoint for a second. For fans of the series I think this film shows just how loyal the cast members of this superb show are because all original members were in it from the mad headmaster (at the beginning of the movie) to the parents and the new characters were as equally superb and fitted in very well with the whole feel of the movie and the rest of the cast. Add to that the location, the movie and the jokes, they were all simply splendid too.
If your looking for a film with no swearing, thats politically correct and you can watch with your grandparents on a Sunday afternoon well I'd swerve this one big time. Its rude, its brash and a couple of things I saw like a full frontal of a guy and something written on one of the guys back of his t shirt was a bit naughty however these things tie in well with the comedy genius that is the inbetweeners and it likes to be edgy and in your face and at times a little bit shocking. The guys even go on a boat party and you get to see flying puke at its worst plus poor Neils poor getting jammed in a b day!
Yes its a romp of a good comedy but at the same time it was nice to see new relationships forming and actually one or two tender moments I dont remember ever seeing exibited in any of the episodes of the actual show that I ever saw. I even fell a little bit in love this time with Will the nerd, in fact every actor in this won a place in my heart, even the new actors in this movie that were not in the any of the previous series.
I couldnt and didnt stop laughing an at one point I even dribbled drink out of my nose! The jokes are fresh, this is raw and in all honesty its one of the best films I have ever seen due to the fact I actually couldnt stop myself laughing and I was by myself and people say if you can be made to laugh when your alone thats one of the hardest things to achieve!
This is a 15 movie which is edgy and rather rude and at only 97 minutes long I could have watched double that of this fabulous film but it was nicely ended and rounded off and I really hope another is released because this story could go on even further as it really still feels fresh and hasn't run out of anyy steam as yet!
I've never been a big fan of the inbetweeners show, so when I heard that they were releasing a movie I didn't pay much attention, in one ear out the other. When it came to the cinema my friend begged and begged me to go with her for a few days and I blatantly refused. I told her I wouldn't understand the story as I have seen the show once ever. End of story. Until they released the dvd!! At this point all my friends had seen it in the cinema and were raving about how good it was. It still didn't interest me. One evening my boyfriend arrived home with a selection of dvds for our 'dvd weekend'. I actually cringed when I saw this one in his hand.....but me being me...I caved......
Having never seen the actual show, I had no clue who these four lads were. I had literally no expectations! But after five minutes, I had Will, Jay, Simon and Neil figured out! The film is about the end of school, and as we all know, the end of an era. As everybody else at the age of eighteen does, the booked a lads holiday to the sun. We follow their exploits to Malia as they embark on 2 weeks of drinking, chatting up girls, and getting into sticky situations. Obviously you don't need to see the dvd to know that things didn't quite go as planned for them. Simon is in depression mode and trying to get over his ex Carly, Jay is being extremely cocky and big headed (which apparently is no change to the regular Jay), Will feels out of his depth and Neil is out to have fun but not too much as he has a girlfriend back home. Do things go as planned however? Does Simon find a girl to get over Carly, does Will embrace the spirit of a lads holiday and does Neil stay faithful? Well you'll have to watch for yourself as I can't give too much away can I?
The dvd itself contains not only the film but 2 extra hours of unseen footage which is as hilarious as the movie itself. It shows the making of the film, all the bloopers and how they got on at the London Premiere. All this for Euro12.99 (£8). I consider it a bargain to be honest!! Subtitles are available on the dvd also.
Having only ever seen one episode of the Inbetweeners, I thought I would be out of my depth. How wrong was I?? I didnt feel like I was missing out not knowing the past of the four lads. The film was absolutely brilliant. The four main actors in the film do a brilliant job of portraying the events of a typical lads only holiday which includes binge drinking, chatting up girls, lots of fun and humour and even the clichéd matching t shirts that shows they are on 'pussay patrol'!! The film does revolve around the four lads obviously but they are each so funny and unique that they make the character their own and make them so believable.
Without giving too much of the hysteria away, my favourite part of the film was a scene in the apartment the lads are sharing, which is far from your typical sun holiday digs, where one of the lads has pulled an unusual girl and has her at the apartment. Comedy Gold!!
Out of the four characters I particularly liked Will! At times you would feel quite sorry for him as he is so utterly different but at the same time portrays a lot of qualities of your own friends and typical lads. It is so funny to see the situations he gets in, without meaning to, because he is so naive.
In relation to sound effects and special features it was quite poor. Great dance tracks played throughout in keeping with the theme but no major effects. It doesnt give a negative view on the film though as it is not the type of film that would need special effects.
As a whole I would rate this a 9/10. A must have if your in need of a laugh and guaranteed to cheer anyone up. There is very little to complain about as it is so genuiely funny.
This is one of my favorite movies at the moment and I find it absolutely hilarious. Their are some fabulous quotes in the film. The laughs are quite crude and in language that everyone can understand and i love wills narration in the film.
I missed the first two series because I kept confusing it with the IT crowd which I didn't find funny at all. Luckily I was turned on to this great programme by some friends and have since watched all three series on DVD.
I was really excited about the film and in most respects it did not fail to deliver. It seemed very much like three ordinary episodes of the series meshed together with a few moments of boredom. There was as much humour in the film as there would be in three episodes which is about 64 minutes total so the other 20-25 minutes were a bit dull and the story line was very easy to guess although that doesn't stop you laughing out loud at the excellent execution.
As a standalone film I think it would have struggled to gain an audience at the cinema or on DVD if it was not for the series preceding it so I suggest you watch some episodes before trying the film. The genre has been covered so many times with the likes of American Pie and Kevin & Perry Go Large but I think this film brings a little something new because of the accuracy of the portrayal of teenage life in ordinary suburbia whereas American Pie was very US toilet humour based and Kevin & Perry was obviously written and performed by middle aged people playing on teenage stereotypes.
All in all a good watch.
Four teenage boys - Will, Simon, Jay and Neil - have finished their A-levels and are about to go on holiday together and Neil books them on a trip to a Greek island complete with matching 'pussy patrol' t-shirts.
Their accommodation is awful (as you'd expect) and they get bothered a bit by a weirdo who went on holiday alone. On their first night they get enticed into an empty bar but soon after four girls (who feature heavily in the film) walk in and the boys decide to chat them up which leads to the funniest scene in the film.
Later that night Will sees his long term obsession (who he has tried to forget about by going on holiday not realising he has come to the same place) and goes to talk to her. She is popular with some older lads who take the micky out of Will. He decides that he will try to get with his dream girl at an exclusive boat party on the last day that she is attended and lies and says he has tickets.
The remainder of the film is spent mostly with some funny and some not so funny antics all with the sole aim of getting Will onto the boat party which they eventually do.
Once on the boat..... well, you'll have to watch the film to see =)
Part Two of our good four-hour session in the Jersey Cineworld consisted of the hit comedy The Inbetweeners Movie. It had to be done. This film has, by far, been the break out comedy hit in the UK this summer, so to pass up the chance to go watch it would've been insane. Especially considering how brilliant the three tv series have been, capturing the sometimes unbearable awkwardness of teenage life (although I've never quite experienced the painful events these guys have, much can be learnt from The Inbetweeners!) And despite having heard how funny it was and seeing how well it was doing, I was still sceptical as to how good this jump from TV to film for The Inbetweeners would be. UK sitcom film adaptations don't have a great track record; for every Kevin and Perry Go Large, there's a Mr. Bean's Holiday, so it was going to be interesting to see how this would fair. But now, I don't know what the hell I was worrying about. I'm sure Jay would call me a wanker for ever doubting them.
Sixth Form has come to an end for friends Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison), and with the summer comes the prospect of a lads holiday away for one last chance to get boozed up and (hopefully) laid before they all go their separate ways. Because, as Neil observes, they say the summer is the perfect time for a summer holiday. But of course, things never run smoothly for these four guys. There's really not a lot else to explain story wise, as that basic concept lays the ground work for all the holiday themed hilarity to ensue. And of course, there are subplots, mostly involving Simon continually pining over now ex-girlfriend Carly (Emily Head) and the lads trying to score with four fellow holiday makers, the hot Alison (Laura Haddock), the cute and sweet Lucy (Tamla Kari), the larger than life *ahem* Jane (Lydia Rose Bewley) and the dim-witted Lisa (Jessica Knappet). The plot may be thinly stretched, but The Inbetweeners has never truly been about story, its been about the experience of being a teenager, but most importantly it's been about the characters. And thankfully, the movie doesn't lose sight of that.
There hasn't been a film this consistently funny for quite some time, particularly in this year. In terms of comedy, this year has been a bit thin. The Hangover: Part Two wasn't as funny as it thought it was, due to replaying the same things we saw the first time round. If anything, the funniest movie was, reportedly, Bridesmaid, but I haven't seen that. So it's refreshing to say that right at the end of the summer season we have a film that is consistently funny, gag-for-gag. If you're used to The Inbetweeners, then you'll definitely know what to expect, and that is the unexpected. The writers, Iain Morris and Damon Beesley have great skill in setting up a comedic situation seemingly out of nothing, with often hilarious and crude results. And the movie certainly doesn't skimp on the cringe-worthy awkwardness that became so trademark to the series. There's nothing quite on the level of punching a fish to death or the fashion show wardrobe malfunction, but there is plenty here to catch you off guard and have you in stitches. I won't go into detail as I don't want to ruin this for anybody who hasn't seen it yet, but it certainly has some memorable gags. We'll being doing that dance in clubs for years to come.
However, while the gag rate is high, the movie does find it difficult to escape the episodic nature of its TV counterpart, as many series that make the jump to the big screen tend to do. This is very apparent come the end of the movie, when the writers seem to come to a point where they run out of steam and the proceedings are wrapped up rather quickly. Thankfully though, these parts of the film are made forgivable due to the chemistry that the four leads have with each other, and the audience for that matter. Fans couldn't have asked for a better movie for these characters, as they all get their trademark moments and a chance to shine. These characters are second nature to the actors now and they make the movie a fun and familiar experience, it's as if you're taking this trip with them as one of the group. It also makes the more emotional scenes ring much more true. The Inbetweeners has always had a way of tapping in to the mindset and, in some strange way, the real life issues of teenage life, and with the movie it covers the usual girl problems and the bigger notion of having to move away from your friends come university life. It's an issue a lot of us are having to face right now, and even though the movie doesn't let it get in the way of the fun, it still addresses these issues with characters that we ultimately care about, therefore it rings more true. And it's due to the characters that we have so much fun during the course of this movie. The care we have for these characters adds to how funny, and how frustratingly cringe-worthy the proceedings are. And they only have themselves to blame most of the time, be it Will"s pompous attitude, Jay's vocabulary, Neil's care-free attitude or Simon's inability to just see what is right in front of him (poor Lucy).
In terms of the move from television to the big screen, the creators don't make a lot of different style choices to what we're used to seeing in the series. Although, director Ben Palmer does seem to be under the mentality that to make anything cinematic you just have to whack the slow-mo setting on. It does allow for some rather funny scenes, particularly on the reveal of the Pussay Patrol t-shirts in Gatwick airport (on par with Reservoir Dogs for best movie slow walk ever). But the series itself wasn't one that was huge on style, so the film format does work for the most part, and there's always plenty of room for some very funny montages as the boys take to the streets of Malia for an almighty booze up. This film probably shouldn't have worked as well as it did, and if this is indeed the end of The Inbetweeners, then they're certainly going out on an archaic, hilarious, crude and rude note. And that's the way it should be. To the Pussay!
4/5- It runs out of steam near the end, but that doesn't stop this from being the funniest movie of the year, maintaining the quality of the TV series well and truly.
I am a massive fan of the inbetweeners and so I was pretty excited when I heard they were doing a movie. I actually managed to see the film at the cinema just before they stopped showing it as I had been unable to go when it was first released as originally planned as I was on crutches. I was delighted when my Mum bought me the DVD of the film this Christmas.
==Brief outline of the film==
Will, Simon, Neil and Jay are four boys who aren't exactly popular but they are not the most unpopular in sixth form either! They have just finished sixth form and Simon is suffering from a broken heart after being dumped by his long term crush Carli and so being that the boys have no luck with girls at home they book a holiday to Malia with high hopes of sun, booze, sex and well.....more sex!
As much as I love the inbetweeners a part of me wondered if a movie may be a bit much considering the episodes in the series are around thirty minutes long. My concerns were quickly blown away though as I found the film hilarious!
What I particularly like about the film was that Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison were able to show the characteristics of their characters in quite a magnified over the top way as it was a feature length film. As such we see Will being a total geek prone to the odd inappropriate rant but who is lovable none the less, Simon being so in love with Carli he fails to see a good opportunity in front of his eyes, Jay making up even more ridiculous stories up and Neil have a fake tanned face and palms all the way through the film due to a mishap with his sisters tan! All of the main characters really do have something lovable about them and I suppose they remind you of people you know which makes them even more endearing.
A hilarious part of the film for me personally is that on the coach trip to their hotel the lads are stuck on a coach with a load of Burnley football fans chanting away and generally being loud which prompts will to say "I like football but not Burnley. Burnley can **** off!" As a Blackburn Rovers fan whose rivals are Burnley this is a great moment! There are lots of literal laugh out loud moments throughout the film though and this is why I love it so much as it is light hearted and takes you away from the day to day stresses I think. Particular moments to look out for include a fight between Simon and Jay during which Will and Neil just look on rather concerned. The expressions on their faces have me in stitches every time and when Will suggests perhaps they should do something and Neil replies yeah let's go to Subway is just classic. Another funny moment is where Jay tries to impress some girls but ends up having issues with a young boy with hilarious consequences!
Without a shadow of a doubt my favourite part of this film is a dance scene involving the lads. It has me roaring with laughter each time I see it and my sister tells me that many people replicate the dance on nights out! Something I would most definitely do!
The main actors in the film do a brilliant job of portraying the events of a typical boys holiday which even starts with the clichéd matching t shirts and also includes binge drinking, pranks and lots of trying to pull girls. Of course the bulk of the film is focussed on the four actors who play Will, Simon, Jay and Neil but I do think that the supporting case fit in well with the theme of the story and in particular none of the girls in the group the boys meet are so attractive that you would find it hard to believe they would spend time with them.
If you are looking for a film which is going to make you laugh then I totally recommend the inbetweeners. A word of caution would be that as a 15 rating it does have sexual references and swearing by the bucket load as well as brief elements of nudity and so if you are likely to be offended by this then I would steer well clear of the film.
It is very rare that I bother with bonus features on a DVD because I have found them to be a waste of time in the past but this DVD actually includes over two hours of unseen material including the making of the film, deleted scenes and bloopers amongst other things and so I was keen to watch them.
I did like watching the blooper section but during some of them the actors look quite annoyed that something has gone wrong and I did expect more messing about to be honest! There is some really funny moments though and they are worth watching. I actually love how seriously Joe Thomas who plays Simon seems to take it and he actually seems like Simon!
The deleted scenes are worth a watch too as there are quite a few and you can form opinions or whether they were better off left out of the movie! There is a section explaining why Will has a pink suitcase which I enjoyed seeing!
There is also a section on things the cast did instead of rehearsing which is pretty funny to watch and shows the cast up to some typically boyish games most of which I can imagine my brother and his mates doing which amused me and I am glad I watched this bit as it showed them in a really funny light.
==Price and availability==
You can purchase the DVD from amazon where it will cost £9.99 which includes free super saver delivery.
Thank you for reading my review!
Unlike many other television series that create a film, The Inbetweeners Movie actual does justice to the original show. The movie has been written and directed just as the original t.v series. Being a huge fan of the Inbetweeners from day 1, even before it became famous, I can say I was so pleased with the result of the film. I can honestly say it is just like one long extended episode. The same witty and slightly crude humor is captured throughout the entirety of the film. The boys maintain their slightly "geeky" nature and all of their original characterizations are maintained. It is an absolute that this film will have you laughing out loud from the first scene to the last. Regardless of weather or not you have watched the t.v series you will be able to follow the the film, however, watching the original series makes some jokes and remarks more understandable but all in all it is not essential to watch the show before seeing the movie. I would issue a warning that this is perhaps a film to watch with your friends, rather than your family as some scenes can become a bit awkward with your parents sitting beside you!But overall this movie is very original, it is pure comedy whilst managing to squeeze in some hopeless romance for the boys! It is a must see.
It was with great trepidation that I approached this film. When someone tries to turn a television series into a film there are usually groans all round as fans prepare themselves for the on-screen slaughtering of their (soon to be ex) favourite show. However, fans of The Inbetweeners have nothing to worry about because this is genuinely one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
Essentially, school's out for Will, Simon, Jay and Neil, and their lives as adults are just beginning. It's been a rough last week of term for all the boys as Jay's grandfather dies, Simon is dumped by Carli and Will discovers that his father has unexpectedly married his much younger mistress. In order to pull his friends out of the depression that they've sunken into, Neil decides to book the boys a holiday to Malia, Crete. So, the boys set out for 'two weeks of sun, sea, booze, minge, fanny and sex and tits and booze and sex', but of course, things don't exactly go to plan.
Personally, I hate it when producers try desperately to hang onto a television show that has run its course. Thankfully, in the case of The Inbetweeners, viewers across Britain were devastated at the end to such a brilliantly funny television series and I think that in itself is a huge part of this movie's success. Almost every single Inbetweeners fan rushed down to the cinema at the end of the summer to see this movie, hoping for anything even vaguely amusing to satiate the withdrawal symptoms that had developed after the end to this series, and they were rewarded. The Inbetweeners Movie is pure class comedy and had me in hysterics from the beginning to the end. I thought that perhaps the jokes would be a bit dry and and a bit of a flop really, especially since the boys have moved away from their usual scene and ventured abroad, but I was proven wrong as this film was just as funny, if not funnier, than the original television series.
The acting was absolutely brilliant - as expected. The cast of The Inbetweeners are absolutely brilliant and are probably what I would call some of Britain's finest young talent. A holiday in Malia really was the perfect place for Jay as it gave him so much opportunity to brag about how much he knows about women and James Buckley captured his character perfectly. Jay probably undergoes the biggest development and change of character and thanks to James Buckley it was a smooth transition and seemed perfectly natural. Simon Bird brought all of Will's sarcasm and wit across the ocean with him to make him the funniest that he's ever been. Blake Harrison's dance skills are now known by all teenagers in Britain as he showcased his brilliant and funny moves across the clubs in Malia. Joe Thomas did not disappoint with his bizarely spiked hair and Simon's pathetic persona. It was nice to see Simon finally grow a pair and stop being a blundering fool. In addition, we saw a different side to all of the boys as they develop throughout the film and finally become men at the end. It was a perfect end to the Inbetweeners, though it's a shame to see it go.
(By the way, if I've counted correctly, I saw a total of three penises in this movie, none of which are particularly attractive so - Beware!)
I am an avid follower of The Inbetweeners and have been since it was first screened on channel 4. I have watched all three series' have have cried with laughter throughout. I have the box set and when the kids are not around will often watch an episode or two!
The basic plot of the TV series is about 4 teenage boys who are trying their best to impress the girls and hopefully 'score' with them. This leads to all sorts of really funny situations, some which have you roaring with laughter, others where you just squirm with embarrassment.
With this in mind I could not wait to see the Movie. I purchased it on its release date and have never been so disappointed in all my life. My husband, who enjoys the TV series as much as me, also found it a huge let down.
There was little humour and what there was was just repeated through-out the movie. The story line was very weak and the plot just did not play out very well. The production was set different and I think without the other characters such as the parents, school teachers etc the 4 key figures were just lost. It made cringeable viewing as they trotted those old sayings out time and time again - whilst funny over 25 minutes it was just the same thing over and over again.
Really disappointed but maybe I was just expecting far too much! The one and only laugh was when Neil did his dancing over to the girls in the bar - the rest was boring, unfunny and was really just cashing in on the glory of the TV series!
I did not really think the Inbetweeners would be my kind of thing as I am not usually into what I call toilet humour. Many people told me how funny the show was so I decided to watch an episode one night when there was nothing else on TV.I found it hillarious and since then I have watched all the repeats.
My husband ( a youthful 51 year old ) said he would like to see the film so I brought it for him in DVD form as a Christmas present.
We were in stitches all the way through it although it did remind us somewhat of the Kevin and Perry film from some years earlier.
**About the film**
The four boys , Simon,Will, Jay and Neil have finished sixth form and are now recovering from exams etc. by taking their first holiday ( without grownups) abroad.They encounter many mishaps with very funny results.They really are clueless in what to wear and how to act when they are out.They turn up at the airport in matching pink Tshirts with Pussay Patrol written on the front. Like most boys of their age they are looking for girls and alcohol. Simon is still in love with Carly (no change there then) Will wants to find his soul mate ( he is sweet) Jay falls for an unlikely candidate and Neil seems to like older women.
The DVD contains over two hours of unseen material including
The making of the film
Things they did instead of rehearsing
all adding to the general hilarity.
http://www.e4.com/inbetweeners/ The Inbetweeners do not have a website but you can find their page on E4.com
http://www.e4.com/doitandwin/ Visit the doitandwin page to win an Inbetweeners yearbook
For those of you who don't know who they are let me explain. Initially this was a series on Chanel 4. It ran for three series, all of which were extremely funny. It followed four young boys at sixth form as they went about their daily lives. There was Will. He was the new boy who had previously gone to a private school. He had glasses, wore a blazer and had a briefcase. Then there was Simon. He in my opinion is the most normal of the four. Although he is crazy in love with a girl named Carly and tries anything in his power to impress her. This includes gelling his hair so much that he looks like the statue of liberty. Neil, he was the group idiot. He never got a joke and was always the source of them. But he could dance. Just. Then finally Jay. He is a chronic lair, with a filthy mouth and dodgy hair.
**The Film Plot**
Just like any young group of lads who have just finished their exams the Inbetweeners head of for a boy's holiday. Simon had just been dumped and Will's dad got remarried and did not invite him, a perfect excuse for excessive drinking and pulling girls. The boys get themselves in to a lot of trouble on their travels, meet a group of four young ladies and get extremely drunk. I'll leave it there as I do not want to ruin the end.
These were so funny. It included the making of the film, what the cast and crew did when they were meant to be rehearsing, bloopers and so much more. It included numerous interviews with the guys form the film as well as the additional cast and the writers/crew. The footage was over 2 hours long if I recall and when you are sitting up late to watch them, they do tend to blur in to one. I would recommend watching these to any Inbetweeners fan as you get to learn more about the series and the actors.
I loved the series and was expecting great things from the film. I did enjoy the film but thought it would be funnier. The guys who play the Inbetweeners lads acting were brilliant. If you remember the diving scene and the suicide shot scene then I rest my case. The actresses who played the four girls the boys met on holiday were perfect. They were fun, pretty and seemed to put up with nonsense on set. There were a number of scenes that really made me laugh, almost to the point of crying, which is always a good sign. I just hope they do another film.
As I write this it is 3am and I am still awake, due to foolishly napping this evening until half past midnight. I am therefore, unsurprisingly, unable to sleep but my flatmates are either both asleep or out, so I've been left with little to do. I decided that the best way to spend this time would be to finally watch The Inbetweeners Movie, as I've been wanting to watch it for a while but hadn't got around to it. I was a huge fan of The Inbetweeners series when it was on telly and have watched a lot of episodes since then and so was greatly looking forward to the film. I missed seeing it when it was out at the cinema purely due to circumstance and so am happy to now be able to see it now that it's out on DVD.
== The Inbetweeners ==
For those of you unfamiliar with The Inbetweeners series, it was a comedy series following four sixth form pupils in the south of England, written by and starring Simon Bird and Joe Thomas. The first series starts when Will (Simon Bird) has to leave his private school and start going to state school when his dad leaves his mother (doesn't sound like prime comedy material, I admit). At school he immediately gets labelled a 'briefcase wanker' and finds fitting in difficult. He eventually manages to make friends with Simon, Jay and Neil, but mainly because they're also not the most popular boys in the school. They're not utterly uncool or nerds but are certainly not cool either, but rather somewhere in the middle, hence the name 'inbetweeners'. Jay (James Buckley) likes to think he's a bit of a player and exaggerates his sexual history to his friends, while the truth is that he's never had sex; Neil (Blake Harrison) is a lovely if somewhat naïve boy who suffers from being rather slow, but definitely gets more girls than his friends; and Simon (Joe Thomas) is attractive and a nice lad who would have every shot at being more popular if he wasn't friends with Neil, Jay and Will, and also if he wasn't embarrassingly obsessed with a popular girl from school, Carly, who he's been in love with since they were children. The end of the third series ends with Simon about to finally get together with her while his family plans to move away to Wales.
== The Movie ==
The film starts not long after the series finished, with year 13 basically over. Simon hasn't had to move to Wales, for some reason, but not all is good, as Carly decides to break up with him as she doesn't want a long-term relationship once they go off to separate universities. Will's dad (Anthony Head) has also got re-married without inviting Will and Jay's granddad has just died. What a better way to cheer them all up than to go on a lads' holiday, and so the four jet off to Malia on the hunt for 'pussay' and good times.
== What I Thought ==
This is definitely a film for fans of The Inbetweeners and certainly didn't disappoint. The humour and style of the film was consistent with that of the series, which led to a very funny, entertaining hour and a half of cinema. The comedy was as cringey as it ever was, with some previous jokes even being referenced in the film (Will shouting at people who turn out to be disabled, Simon having trouble in water, for example).
=== Story ===
In terms of storyline, it could not be said that there is anything massively uniquely to be found here. The boys go on holiday and, surprise surprise, the hotel is not as nice as they expected, they embarrass themselves royally while trying to chat up girls, and so on. That said, the plot was well thought out and written and was believable and consistent with the series. Jay still over exaggerates his sex life, Neil still pulls (although he mainly attracts the older market), Will is still hopelessly unlucky with girls despite them finding him nice and funny, and Simon is irritatingly still obsessed with Carly (Emily Head) and getting back together with her.
The storyline was great and the characters were true to how they were in the series - none of them have been exaggerated nor have they become parodies of themselves on the move to the big screen. While not the most unique or thought provoking film I've ever seen, the story was good and I have no complaints.
=== Acting ===
The acting in this film was up to its usual high standard. Simon Bird still steals the day as Will, I feel, so it's impressive that he's also a lot of the brains behind the series and film. The other actors and actresses in this film are also all good, with nobody letting the quality down at all. My favourite was a small cameo by Anthony Head as Will's dad, who was playing a character reminiscent of the one he did in Free Agents. Since his daughter Emily plays Carly I don't imagine it was difficult for them to get him to star in the film, but I enjoyed the cameo nonetheless. Greg Davies also returns fantastically as his character of Mr Gilbert, although he only has a small role in this film.
== Conclusion ==
This was a very enjoyable film that will not disappoint fans of The Inbetweeners. If you haven't seen the series, however, I wouldn't recommend starting with this film, as it doesn't make many allowances for people unfamiliar with the characters already. It is a brilliant film though and I would highly recommend it. It's currently available for just shy of a tenner on Amazon, but since it has just come out and it is before Christmas, if you wait till January or February to buy it, it should have gone down in price a lot.