Upgrading from E4, The Inbetweeners Movie isn’t a modern replay of Kevin & Perry Go Large, its more Superbad-ish bashing out your gag reflexes more than the usual. (The poster should come with a gag warning *choking on popcorn may occur*)
Sitcoms usually have a really bad reputation when making the transfers from the television to the big screen, destroying their legacy that was left behind, but oh no, not this one. The Inbetweeners have certainly broken this curse and has brought British comedy to the next level with the same ingredients used to make the show a success in the first place.
In some ways, it’s quite like an extended episode of The Inbetweeners if you’ve been keeping up with series. Picking up where it left off (Simon going out with Carly, Jay’s creative story telling, Will is still an extra awkward version of David Mitchell and Neil is still up to his antics at the supermarket) Carly dumps Simon with the excuse of their parting ways because of university and Jay’s grandfather dies leaving him off quite wealthy. In the light of all of this, they decide to take a trip to Malia in the hope for “sun, sand, sex, sea and sex” and loads of booze of course.
Using more cinematic shots, swooping down at the beginning from the sky into the street where Jay lives, giving the film more of a cinematic feel, the four guys “looking like the world’s s***test boy band” head off to Malia but as this is The Inbetweeners, it doesn’t exactly go to plan (although they do get a shot at walking in slow motion… very Hollywood indeed). Reserving a run down hotel, fish bowls, OAPs, nicking a disabled person’s deck chair was not even half of their worries. The realisation of going off to university wasn’t a major topic throughout the film, but was touched on slightly highlighting the fact that Jay was the only one that would be left behind. The good news is that they do keep running into a bunch of girls who come complete with their own witty comments and provide the love interest scenario that was missing from their lives and the film. The film rounds off the story really well without pushing out excessive humour to drown out the TV series but giving out a fresh note that it’s the end of an era.
Keeping the British humour and school style slang (“chirps” is just one example which evidently still exists) which we all understand, but anyone else would probably get a great, nervous laugh out of, Director Ben Palmer manages to keep the characters intact without making them drift into a different persona which is the key to success when making the switch from the TV to the cinema screen.
With personalities clashing and their friendship being tested, The Inbetweeners Movie is what it has always been about, friendship and the coming of age process, something we can all relate to, whether or not you’ve had a disturbing holiday. It’s a perfect, realisation of young lads. The jokes are fast, crude, embarrassingly hilarious and rude but keeps you laughing and repeating so many lines even after the credits have rolled. You could call it the typical “holiday disaster” film because of the elements that make up a disastrous holiday, but it’s definitely a success in British comedy.