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The Inbetweeners Movie (DVD)
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The Inbetweeners Movie (DVD)
Advantages: Captures the show perfectly
Disadvantages: A little irritating in the middle
"Shooting clunge in a barrel," perhaps I wouldn't put it so elegantly as Jay (James Buckley), but if there's one thing I know about European holidays is that the girls tend to be more up for it. To steal another quote from the movie, it's like they get 'wet at the smell of sun lotion'. If by this early point of the review, you feel; corrupted, your morals and values have been abused, and down right offended, then you should probably stop reading now - and never, ever, see The Inbetweeners Movie. If, like me, this has wet your appetite for more; read on.
For anyone that has watched and enjoyed the three televised seasons of the show will know what to expect. The writers (Iain Morris and Damon Beesley) have always stated the show is based on real life experiences, and perhaps that is why it is so cringingly close to the truth. This has never been truer than the movie, where the ideal setting was of course, a lad's holiday.
Opening the movie we get our first glimpse of Will's (Simon Bird) dad and his narration continues to give those who have never seen the show before a small overview. The bigger budget is already evident when we get a birds eye view coming down on the suburban street that he lives on. We then get a quick run down of all the characters; from Jay in a snorkel, to Neil (Blake Harrison) working on a fish counter, and Simon (Joe Thomas) with Carli (Emily Head). One of the questions at the end of the final episode was had Carli finally been worn down by Simon's advances, and it doesn't take long into the movie to find out the answer to this.
If there's one thing I hate about European holidays, it's the groups of guys in their t-shirts, each with their own slogan on the back. For example, 'Crazy Craig', who turns out not to actually be that crazy. And then to see him as a broken man on the return flight, is always a good laugh. That brings us to the 'tweeners, and of course they have their own shirts - the 'Pussay Patrol'. I won't ruin it any further, but perhaps my favourite part of a movie that I laughed heavily throughout.
From the minute they step off that plane, what ensues is almost too close to the truth; I thought I was watching a documentary. From the odd guy Richard popping up, and the group looking completely out of their depth as they wander down the Malia strip. I loved the capturing of the PR girls working the doors, to Will's misconception of what qualifies as good courting - someone who is usually so clued up on everything, except girls. Somehow they do end up bonding with a group of girls, but this movie is in no way a 'will they, won't they' rom-com, in fact it feels like the storyline and eventual outcome is an after thought, based on a series of hilarious events.
I'm sure many peoples concerns were that the trailers had shown all the funniest parts; I can guarantee you now they haven't. If you thought Neil borrowing his sisters self-tanning products and hitting on older women was hilarious, it might shock you that when you're watching the movie it just becomes the norm - with so many other things going on. Again, if you're worried that this movie is going to be a victim of its own hype, it completely lives up to this - and surpasses any standards set by The Hangover: Part II. Being a British film, the Film 4 logo appearing at the start of the movie worried me, and thought it may be a similar affair to Kevin & Perry: Go Large. I needn't fear, as The Inbetweeners Movie is practically perfect.
A lot of what was funny in the television show has been squeezed in, without overdoing anything. I was a little disappointed not to see Charlotte, Will's love interest from the show, but she didn't go amiss. I would have also liked to see the reappearance of Simon's yellow car, but given that was destroyed (by Jay and Neill) in the final episode it made sense for it not to have been put back together again.
Summary: Lets hear it for these PLAYAASS, who well and truly tore up Malia.