The Inbetweeners Movie (DVD)

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The Inbetweeners Movie (DVD)

Will, Simon, Jay and Neil attempt to 'ave it large' in Malia in the movie follow-up to the phenomenally successful E4 comedy THE INBETWEENERS. With sc...

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published 17/01/2012 | Puggers
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"Coming of Age Disgracefully"

The transition from successful TV series to feature-length film is an inherently tricky one – some programmes, like The Simpsons take decades to make the leap, while others (Red Dwarf, for one) never make it at all. What works in twenty-something-minute portions doesn’t necessarily transfer to well over an hour, and a joke can suddenly seem awfully strained when given that kind of room to repeat itself in.
The Inbetweeners doesn’t flounder, though – it hits all the same notes as the series without feeling like a selection of bolted-together or stretched-out episodes, and builds on the three seasons that have come before.

Certainly, for Inbetweeners aficionados, there are few surprises here – in the best possible way. With their school days freshly behind them, and one last summer between them and leaving for university (or not, in Jay and Neil’s cases), the four boys elect for a holiday in the sun-and-booze-soaked resort of Malia, Crete (which looks inconceivably awful, as an aside). Needless to say, the agenda features plentiful sea, sun, sex and scatological mishaps, in no particular order.
The programme has a reputation for being rude and crude, but it – and the film in turn – never actually goes that far. Granted, the language is suitably blue, but the action is relatively (I emphasise, “relatively”) inoffensive, and the movie occasionally ventures into being quite sweet at times.

This is all down to the characters, as the plot’s nothing too subtle or surprising. When the boys arrive at the island, checking in at their grimy, dead-dog-in-the-well hotel, they run into a group of four girls, with whom they tentatively pair up and from whom they hear of a decadent boat party at the end of the week. Getting tickets for this and winning the affections of a girl – just about any girl, it initially seems – are in their sights, and make up the majority of the story.

Throughout the series, the protagonists’ characters are built up and fleshed out – although they have their own recognisable idiosyncrasies, they aren’t one-dimensional, and I think this is a big part of why the programme works so well; you do care about the characters, for all their vulgarity and cringeworthy blundering. More than that, they’re a proper ensemble cast – each of the boys is equally important, and contributes equally to the plot.

The four girls who are introduced as the boys’ de facto counterparts and would-be love interests are equally brilliant; Neil’s opposite number is the least vocal of the group, but mirrors her opposite number wonderfully, with similar mannerisms, intonation and – with the best will in the world – intellect. Each one brings something extra out of the main characters, and they’re great for them to bounce off; clever additions that help make a series into a film.

Ultimately, this is just a really funny film; one that’s just self-deprecating enough, too. There are jokes here which are perhaps slightly too familiar, like Will self-righteously and inadvertently haranguing a disabled girl – but the character acknowledges this in an aside that makes it work. The jokes are all along familiar lines, but the change of location keeps it alive, and it’s all in the characters and their delivery – there are so great one-liners, and it’s these, paired with the visual laughs that keep the film bouncing along through its ninety minute duration and makes it feel like it’s all over too fast.

All in, this is a cracker; unabashed, snort-it-out hilarity that might just be every bit as good as the series. At its worst, it’s still one of the funniest films you’ll see this year, and is a must for fans of the show.


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  • dinosaur9211 published 18/01/2012
    this is such a good film, i want another series though!
  • LAS1982 published 17/01/2012
    Am getting this dvd next month as a birthday present - can't wait to see it! x
  • mozzie76 published 17/01/2012
    I really want to see this film!
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Will, Simon, Jay and Neil attempt to 'ave it large' in Malia in the movie follow-up to the phenomenally successful E4 comedy THE INBETWEENERS. With school over and the imminent future set to see the lads go their separate ways, the gang head to Spain for a lad's holiday of booze, beaches, and babes.

Product Details

Classification: 15 years and over

DVD Region: DVD

EAN: 6867441038993

Production Year: 2011

Main Language: English

Video Category: Feature Film

Colour: Colour

Country Of Origin: United Kingdom

Genre: Comedy

Consumer Advice: Contains strong language, twice very strong, and strong sex references

Official Website: http://www.film4.com/minisite/the-inbetweeners-movie

Professional Reviews

Review: It has two different gag ratios - the laughter one, and the urge-to-spew one. Both are high. (Daily Telegraph, 2011-11-21)<br><br>[...] this is gag-for-gag the funniest film of the summer and a fitting end to a much-loved series. So long boys, it's been great to know you. (Empire, 2011-11-21)<br><br>He's got a briefcase, a superhot mom, and three new buddies in social purgatory. Definite cult-show potential. (Entertainment Weekly, 2011-11-01)<br><br>Enjoyable, frequently hilarious teen comedy that sticks closely to the winning formula of the TV show and delivers crude sight gags, witty lines and strong, likeable characters, thanks to enjoyable comic performances from the four leads. (ViewLondon, 2011-11-21)<br><br>

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Studio(s): 4DVD; SPIRIT ENTERTAINMENT; TECHNICOLOR DISTRIBUTION SERVICES, ENTERTAINMENT, 4DVD; TECHNICOLOR DISTRIBUTION SERVICES; SPIRIT ENTERTAINMENT

Screenwriter: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris

Languages

Main Language: English

Subtitle Language: English

Technical Information

Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, 2.0 Surround

Special Features: Making The INBETWEENERS MOVIE: Featurette, 'Joe Thomas - Dangerman', 'Things We Did Instead Of Rehearsing', Premiere Featurettes, Video Diaries, Deleted Scenes, Bloopers Reel, Sims Parody

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