Director: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris
Featuring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas
Age Rating: 15
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Damon Beesley brought the four boys back for a second installment of The Inbetweeners film last year, three years after the original in 2011, following high demand for a sequel.
This film had everything the first did; stereotypes, “banter”, sentimental moments and cringe-worthy scenes.
In the beginning we are re-introduced to Neil (Blake Harrison), who is in-between jobs, Simon (Joe Thomas), who is at university with his crazy girlfriend Lucy (from the 1st film), and Will (Simon Bird), who is still socially awkward and now being teased and embarrassed by his fellow university students.
After getting rejected from yet another party they set out on finding something else to do in their four week break, which is when they find an invite from the “bantersaurous” Jay (James Buckley), bragging about the life he is living in Australia on a gap year. All with different motives, the boys decide to head out there and the journey to a crazy and cringe-worthy film begins!
The start of this film is great and had us feeling it might top the first film. Jay’s humour is even more risky initially and genuinely had us debating why we were watching this film with the parents! However, after the half-way point of this 96 minute feature and one of the most disturbing moments of the franchise’s existence, the film seemed to lose its way and edge unfortunately.
Overall, it was an enjoyable watch, it was good to see the boys back on screen, but I can safely say that I’m glad I waited until the film reached Sky Movies before I caught it. I’d say it was on level par with the first film, and I remain more of a fan of The Inbetweeners TV Series, rather than the films.
Recommendation: Decent Friday/Saturday night watch if you’re staying in for a chilled night. Catch it on Sky Movies and don’t bother spending the money on it!