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Inbetweeners Movie

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  Inbetweeners Movie Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
6.55 /10
Blake Harrison, Emily Head, Greg Davies
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Directed by: Ben Palmer
Written by: Iain Morris, Damon Beesley

Released: 2011
Origin: UK
Length: 97

British gross-out comedy delivers to subnormal target audience.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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There was no screening for critics (I can’t think why), but this movie has broken the box office record for a UK comedy by taking ?13 million in its opening weekend. The fact that this ugly trash is already a hit with British audiences is the most depressing cultural news since the inner-city riots.

A spin-off of a proudly sexist, complacently puerile Channel 4 series, it makes previous cinematic equivalents, such as Kevin and Perry Go Large, look classy.

This is essentially a British rip-off of The Hangover 2, with four actors in their late twenties impersonating 18 year-old half-wits going on a holiday in Greece, where they get drunk, vomit and use foul language a lot – and unaccountably attract a quartet of physically attractive young women by doing so.

It’s hard to follow the girls’ line of reasoning. Perhaps it is that, if Elizabeth Hurley can change Shane Warne into a clean-living waxwork, it should be a doddle to transform four young men with the will-power of plankton.

The comic high-points for the audience at the public screening I attended came when one of the elderly lads defecated in a bidet, under the impression it was a child’s lavatory, and another character wandered around with excrement dangling from his nose.

If you find that an enticing prospect, this one’s for you.

Astonishingly, two of the four lads claim to have won places at university, which is yet more eloquent evidence for the dumbing down of education. The only one with any inner life is Will (played by Simon Bird, pictured left), a pedantic bore with the nasal whine of a querulous Ken Livingstone. Yes, he’s the bright one.

The tagline for this garbage collector’s item of yob culture is “boys will become men”. A more honest subtitle would be “overage actors will insist on pandering to imbecilic youth with a celebration of tedious, obnoxious idiots conspicuously failing to grow up”. But I imagine that might not have packed them in at the multiplexes. It requires too long an attention span, for a start.

I suspect that most parents or grandparents who wander into this movie by mistake will be appalled at what they see. Encouragingly, however, quite a few bright teenagers hate The Inbetweeners too; they find it crudely patronising. How right they are.

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