Rating: 3 stars out of 5
The Stars: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Laura Haddock
The Buzz: “The Inbetweeners” is a much beloved UK sitcom series about a group of four lads that ran for three seasons. The movie is supposed to be the end of their story. On its release, set a new record for the most successful opening weekend ever achieved by a comedy film in the UK, earning over 13 million pounds over a weekend.
The Story: The group of four – Will (Simon Bird), Simon, Jay and Neil, have finished their A-levels and are about to graduate from their school – Rudge Park Comprehensive. When Simon gets dumped by his long-time girlfriend Carli, the fearsome foursome pack their bags for once in a lifetime adventure over at Malia to help him get over it. When they meet a group of girls led by the beautiful Alison (Laura Haddock who looks like Heather Graham de-aged), they start to transit into the next stage of their lives: Adulthood.
inSing.com thinks: Promotional materials have heralded this movie as the UK's answer to such legendary dude movies like “American Pie”and “The Hangover”. While this is true to a certain extent, “The Inbetweeners”pales in comparison. Although it is chockfull of sexual hijinks, it certainly isn't anywhere as raunchy as “American Pie”is. And while there is some situational comedy in the form of some ridiculous situations like “The Hangover”, they're nowhere as over the top as they are in the latter film. The TV series really focused a lot on the dull suburbia lifestyles these kids led, and really isn't all that debauchery at all. So if truth be told, for the two weeks that the quartet is in Malia, nothing really gets out of hand. In fact, they just go out and get shit-faced every night to solve their girl troubles. No epic hangovers with tigers in the bathroom here guys.
That's not to say that the film isn't funny, because it is. The main characters are well-defined, if not a little familiar. Will is the nerdy one who is considered weird by everyone he meets including his own father and seems to have no chance of hooking up with a female. Simon is the one who's forever hung up over his ex. Jay is the typical sex obsessed teen who thinks he knows how the grown up world works while Neil is quite simply the dance loving guy who doesn't care about anything. Naturally, a lot of the movie centres around them and their traits... and the movie does turn out to be somewhat of a continuous gag fest. These juvenile antics are certainly hilarious, and serve to show the often odd and weird ways teenagers use to approach puberty, first love and adulthood. However, it does get repetitive after a bit as gross out gags can only go so far.
Thankfully, the group's great chemistry does carry the film and lend a sense of likability to them. It's fun and it's vulgar yet it's also not very memorable. Of course, if you were an ardent fan of the television series, the movie will really be a lot more satisfying for you, having watched the foursome grow up right in front of your eyes.
The Inbetweeners opens in theatres December 29.