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Inbetweeners Movie

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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

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Funny? This shakes the house with funny. And it does so even though it takes the surest route to disaster for a sitcom aimed at the wide-screen: it sends the characters on holiday. (Hall of Everlasting Shame: Sex and the City 2)... They manage a very rare trick of being utterly imbecilic yet strangely loveable. Credit for that must go to the writers, Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, whose steady rattle of coarse jokes is matched to an instinct for detail – like the fact that Neil has packed a box of Frosties in his suitcase. They are smart, too, to keep Will, the original "briefcase wanker", as a narrator, leavening the raucous bog-wall humour with ironic comments on his (and their) inadequacy. He realises, for instance, that in their holiday duds they look like "the world's shittest boy band". Inadequacy, but also an odd kind of innocence, notably in their mortifying attempts to connect with women and their belief in friendship, even if that concept might only mean saving your mate from sleeping face-down in an anthill. Of course there's eye-watering stupidity to spare – as when Neil does a huge poo in the bidet (he thought it was "a children's toilet") - but if the laugh that got from the premiere audience is anything to go by, these stupid boys should be the homegrown hit of the summer. It might even banish the memory of On the Buses.
(Anthony Quinn, Independent)
Comedy has been weak in 2011 but The Inbetweeners Movie could be the redemption - with laugh-a-minute gags, a cracking soundtrack and wholesome and loveable characters, this is the film to beat. We Brits get humour and this film absolutely cements this fact. Considering how well it is performing here in the UK, it's only a matter of time before Film 4 flings it state-side and I hope it competes there too. It deserves success and recognition, and hopefully will be a way of showing Americans that Adam Sandler movies are not funny; this is 'proper' comedy at it's simplest and down right best. Jaw-achingly hilarious, immensely charming and strangely life-affirming; this is the send-off our favourite lads deserved.
(Chris Haydon, Haydon’s Movie House)
The movie is a rare beast in that, instead of riding on the show’s success for the sake of it, it rounds the story off, ruining none of the show’s charming simplicity in the process. It’s a real achievement, and a film that deserves a lot of success for not only successfully navigating a tricky path, but also delivering a thumping good comedy in the process.
(Caroline Preece, Den of Geek)
If you're a fan of the show then you're going to find a lot to enjoy on their overseas adventure.
(Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo)
Awkward, grotesque and heartwarming in equal measure.
(Alex Zane, Sun)
With some sharp lines peppering the script, TV series director Ben Palmer knows he merely has to keep things moving to score in cinemas.
(Graham Young, Birmingham Mail)
A painfully amusing watch.
(Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express)
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.
(Matthew Turner, ViewLondon)
You'll need more than just wellies to contend with The Inbetweeners Movie. Along with the mandatory clunge, viewers will find themselves knee deep in deliciously crude humour and hilarious performances that help ensure a successful transition from television set to cinema. In short, it's pretty gashtastic... Anyone who has emerged from a lads' holiday with any form of recollection can relate to many of the messy antics, which of course entail doomed and drunken pursuits of the opposite sex, abject humiliation, fallings out, dodgy dancefloor manoeuvres and inappropriate domestic defecation. Admittedly, that last example might be one log too far for many survivors of such a trip. But not all... Amidst all the talk of gash, clunge, rat, punani or whatever unflattering word used to verbally depict females as sexual objects, there is a refreshing feminine undercurrent to chunks of the movie. This is provided by the quartet of well fleshed out lasses (in terms of character, not size... mostly) encountered by the hapless guys in Malia. Spearheaded by the alluring Laura Haddock as poor Will's wannabe conquest Alison, they are far more than mere plot functions or eye candy, adding a great deal of emotional intrigue and mirth to the story and are surely worthy of their own spinoff at some stage.
(Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy)
A perfect British summer holiday film, perfect for fans of the show and newcomers and if you’re not doubled over with laughter for over half of the film, I’ll eat my proverbial hat.
(Vicki Isitt, HeyUGuys)
The film delivers a realistic believable portrait of young blokes - look out for a touching discussion as the penny drops that university might spell the end of the friendship. The performances from Bird, Thomas, Buckley and Harrison are pitch-perfect and amplify a sweetness that is only an undercurrent in the show. Lessons are learned - one huge element of the show is laid to rest - and friendships cemented, although never in a mawkish way. As they arrive in back in Blighty, the unthinkable might have happened: they might have come of age. Like any holiday, it is episodic and suffers from repetition but 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.
(Ian Freer, Empire)

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