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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 sc...

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published 03/08/2017 | BLTN1986
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"A laugh a minute"

Where do you actually start with The Inbetweeners? The actors of the four main characters, Simon, Will, Neil and Jay have all become instantly recognisable to the British public following the major success of the E4 series and then the films. The film was a follow on from the hugely popular coming of age series and was released in 2011 with a budget of just £3.5 million. For those unfamiliar with the series, it follows the lives of four young adult males who are obsessed with girls and generally fail miserably with their attempts to win them over, often in comedic fashion. They are not the cool kids at school but certainly see themselves as above the social outcasts. With bad language and the constantly poking fun at eachother, they are pitched as the typical British teenage boys. Will is a middle-class teen with high standards in women and life in general, Jay is the exaggerator (or liar as some may say), Neil is dim but loveable and has a heart of gold and Simon is arguably the most ‘normal’ although that seems to disappear when he is around Carli, or any other girl for that matter.

Main Cast:
Simon Bird as Will
James Buckey as Jay
Blake Harrison as Neil
Joe Thomas as Simon
Theo James as James
Emily Head as Carli
Laura Haddock as Alison
Tamla Kari as Lucy

The film takes place in the holiday resort of Malia in Crete. The four main characters decide to go on holiday to Malia following their A-Level exams in an attempt to get away from home and try their luck with the girls overseas after Simon has been dumped by Carli. I would point out that the scene where Simon’s Dad drives them to the airport had me in stitches and just about sums up what the Inbetweeners is all about. Their time in Malia does not get off to a great start as they arrive at possibly the worst hotel in Crete but once they hit the strip they begin to realise why they have gone away. Of all the bars in Malia they end up in possibly the worst one they could find (the scenes in this bar were actually filmed in London) where they do get lucky when they meet four girls and their holiday really begins.

For me the acting performances are very good in what is a strong British cast. The four main members of the cast were seasoned pros with these roles by the time the film was released and so as expected they reprised the roles perfectly for the film. All four of them are convincing and not forced at all. The facial expressions, the way they talk and deliver the lines and even their movement is inkeeping with that you would expect their character to be like. Theo James is now much more of a household name than he was back in 2011 but even in this film you could see his potential. His role as the ‘mean guy’ is nailed perfectly. Special mention must also go to Laura Haddock who portrays the character of Alison fantastically well as her character has a couple of ups and downs throughout the film (the scene where we are introduced to her Greek boyfriend is particularly entertaining). All in all there is not really anybody who gives a poor performance. A few of the extras perhaps weren’t great (such as the football fans on the bus and their poor attempt at a Lancashire accent) and were extras for a reason but that really would be knit picking in what is a strong film as far as the actors and actresses go.

The soundtrack is superb in this film and has so many feel good Summer tracks that really make you want to go on holiday yourself! Music from artists such as Calvin Harris and Sean Kingston really does add to the film without distracting you too much from the plot or the performances. There is not much in the way of special effects as the film is just purely about four lads on holiday trying to have a good time and having more drama in one week than most of us have in a year! The direction and production, although I am in no way an expert, seems very good to me and really doesn’t make it obvious that this is a relatively low budget film by today’s standards. It is a quality British film with all the charm that you would come to expect from one.

Overall, as a fan of the series, I was actually pleasantly surprised with the film as sometimes they can push it too far with money in mind and do the jokes to death. As someone who spent a few summers on holiday in places like Malia with friends, it certainly brought back some memories of some of my own holidays. The film is seriously entertaining and even if you are unfamiliar with the TV series, you could watch this film as a standalone and certainly not feel lost. It made me laugh right from the start and right until the credits rolled at the end. The film does contain a lot of strong language aswell as references to sex and drugs and so this is probably not one to settles down with the kids and watch on a Wednesday night over a pizza. At just 97 minutes the film really does fly by and the dvd has some behind the scenes extras such as cast interviews which are really cool and insightful. If you are not easily offended, like a laugh and want a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, then The Inbetweeners may be just what you are looking for and at the low price that it is currently at, it is certainly worth a go.

Run time: 97 minutes
Directed by: Ben Palmer
Release Date: 17th August 2011
Budget: £3.5 million
Box Office: $88 million
Price: £2.48 at Amazon UK

My rating: 9/10. I can't give it top marks because I think there is always room for improvement no matter how good a film is. It is not the longest film in the world and I would have liked to have seen a bit more of them in the nightclubs on the Malia strip getting upto their usual awkward antics.

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  • Saraa23 published 19/08/2017
    Sounds great
  • euphie published 15/08/2017
    vh :o)
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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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