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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

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The movie offers a respectable belly laugh quota, even if it lunges for the obvious joke a little too readily. As was the case on TV, the tale is narrated by nerdy Will; Simon Bird’s phenomenal delivery and the character’s sly observations amounting to several hysterical line readings. The larger set-pieces are also pretty good, particularly those involving ridiculous dance moves, anthills and bizarre masturbatory practices (snorkels and ham go hand in hand here). The dialogue also retains its freshness and believability, the writers once again perfectly replicating the crude conversation that goes on between boys of a certain age. It’s always pleasant to see writers utilize profanity so creatively, but the creators are very aware that it’s all bravado, a front for these scared and naive teens to hide behind. It’s that truthfulness and relatable sensibility which made the TV show so popular. Thusly it’s nice to observe that particular quality making its way into the film. The cast are all fine, particularly the female newcomers played gamely by Haddock, Tamla Kari, Lydia Rose Bewley and Jessica Knappet. What doesn’t gel are some of the writing choices made surrounding these characters, namely that they’d still be interested in frequenting with the boys after being treated so poorly by some of them. The chemistry between Haddock and Bird is adequate, but the other blossoming relationships don’t work, particularly that between Thomas and Kari. There’s a mean chauvinistic streak here, it’s actively uncomfortable to watch Thomas so arrogantly overlook Kari, only for her to come panting after him with every evolving scene.
(Daniel Kelly,
The Inbetweeners Movie is likely to be judged by history as a nimbler small-to-bigscreen transfer than past Brit-scripted feature-length comedies such as Kevin and Perry Go Large and Ali G Indahouse, but less so than the anarchic Borat. Direction from the show's second- and third-season helmer Ben Palmer is confident, and all jokes are well-edited for laughs. Some of the best gags involve costumes, with Will choosing among three identical-looking pairs of beige chinos for his first big night out on the town, while at one point he's forced to wear a T-shirt bearing the embarrassing legend "Mr. I F*** Kids." You won't see that in American Pie.
(Charles Gant, Variety)
It's not big and it's not clever, but boy will it have you laughing.
(David Edwards, Mirror)
One doesn't require a Bergman or even a Fellini, it's simply that this film takes every easy way out there is for its laughs.
(Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard)
The constant childish references to sex gets wearing, as do the 'eww' gross moments, but if you're an Inbetweeners fan, that's what you'll expect and no doubt enjoy.
(Roz Laws, Birmingham Post)
IThe movie is well-performed, not badly written, and predictably fond of poo. We get the misuse of a bidet, and a long-delayed punchline involving an “emergency” 20 Euro note stashed up a rectum.
More inspiredly, there’s a scene of dancefloor humiliation choreographed with merciless precision, and already reducing multiplexes across the land to doubled-over hysterics. The Inbetweeners Movie will be an enormous hit, a Mamma Mia! for the Hangover demographic. And it works better than you might expect, because the boys’ neediness — for each other, not just the exhausting goal of getting laid — is ever-apparent.
(Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph)
It's a refreshing rebuke to the countless Brit period dramas and gangster pics we're known for, but for the closure it seems to provide, it should be funnier and develop its characters more. Big fans will probably still enjoy it enough though.
(Shaun Munro, What Culture)
Affection for the characters will bring fans in. But many will leave wishing the makers of one of the most enjoyable programmes of recent years had left well enough alone.
(Neil Smith, Total Film)
The Inbetweeners Movie has a plot as skimpy as the girls' outfits but the puerile humour is exactly what fans of the show will love.
They could have called it British Pie, but this TV sitcom spin-off updates the teen summer holiday formula surprisingly entertainingly, considering it doesn't subvert it one iota. Most of that entertainment value is at the expense of our four naive suburban teen heroes, who embark on a post-sixth form Mediterranean jaunt with impossibly high hopes. "It'll be like shooting clunge in a barrel," one of them delicately puts it, which proves to be far from the case – unless they make good with those four unfeasibly obliging and sympathetic girls they keep running into, but what are the chance of that? The gags come crude, fast and in a language the target audience will understand, and the worst of the humour is offset by some fond observation of British holiday rituals and the witty, preternaturally mature narration of Will (Simon Bird), the glasses-wearing intellectual of the gang. He's like a young David Mitchell trapped in an episode of Ibiza Uncovered.
(Steve Rose, Guardian)
Yes the film suffers from repetition and it’s fair to say the film is just an extra-long episode of the show. But that’s what the fans wanted, a film that is a fitting end to a great show and one that offers continuous gags and hilarious moments throughout. Hands down the best British teenage comedy in years and possibly the best comedy you’ll see this summer.
(Nathan D’Rozario, New Empress magazine)
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that Will, Jay, Simon and Neil’s big-screen debut doesn’t feel particularly cinematic. The movie’s pacing is all over the place, and even on a technical level it’s not really up to scratch (the sound mix, darling, don’t get me started). But neither is it simply an extended episode of the TV series, as many were predicting. Instead, the creators seem all too aware that they’re writing for a cinema audience and litter the film with ‘pause for laughter’ moments that seem entirely at odds with the the show’s fast-paced, quick-witted tone. These might go unnoticed in a big screen on opening night when there’s enough laughter to cover them, but won’t do the film any favours in a quiet showing like the one I went to or — more pertinently — on DVD (surely The Inbetweeners Movie‘s natural habitat). Nonetheless, look past these awkward patches and you’ve got a film that — for the most part — is clearly more ‘labour of love’ than ‘pointless cash-in’. The central foursome are just as watchable as ever and the jokes come thick and fast (if, inevitably, hit and miss). Not much is expected of their female co-stars beyond standing around looking attractive, but even that seems oddly appropriate given the supremely adolescent mindset of our horny heroes. Best of all, the film is mercifully light on the narration that weighed down so many of the TV series’ best moments. Trapped somewhat awkwardly between the small screen and the multiplex, The Inbetweeners Movie is liable to alienate both fans and newcomers in equal measure. But see it with a big enough audience (and for God’s sake ignore the pointless Gervaisian disability jokes) and chances are you’ll fall for it. It really does mean well.
(Charlie Lyne, Ultraculture)
The problem with The Inbetweeners Movie is that it’s a gross-out teen flick disguised as a continuation of a cleverly written, nuanced and original TV series. Rather than sticking to the harrowing every-day truths of life as a teen, the Hollywood LOL-machine kicks in as soon as the plane lands at its invariably underwhelming destination. From the moment Laura Haddock trots glowingly onto the screen and doesn’t immediately reject each and every member of our much-loved-but-powerfully-average-looking team, the cracks begin to show... It could be that had this film arrived on the scene without dragging its history behind it, I would have reviewed it more favourably. It’s silly, it’s occasionally cannily judged, it’s easy watching and at the end of the day, it’s perfectly fine. But considering the boys’ legacy as some of the best characters to come out of the UK comedy scene in recent years, it’s just a shame that by the time we witness their strangely saccharine airport goodbye, I was glad to be rid of them.
(Natalie Hodgson, Best For Film)

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