The Inbetweeners 2 Movie Review

Despite the danger of saying so, I will admit that I am not a huge fan of the The Inbetweeners as a whole, and that the series never really appealed to me, and that the first film left a sour taste in my mouth. That being said, when some friends of mine called upon me to join them at the cinema to see The Inbetweeners 2, I found myself agreeing to attend, though not entirely sure why.

I must concede defeat however, as The Inbetweeners 2 had me laughing from start to finish. The film opens with Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas) and Neil (Blake Harrison) being reunited and having an altogether terrible time, and, following an e-mail from Jay (James Buckley), deciding that it’s about time they did some travelling, first stop Australia. As anyone with even the most remote understanding of The Inbetweeners can guess, things weren’t quite as they appeared, and the events that followed set all viewers cringing at meeting Jay.

Truthfully, The Inbetweeners 2 seemed to have more of a plot to it than the previous film, and in it’s own way was a film a mockery of the growing up and self discovery of travelling, and yet, a sometimes compelling story about the four protagonists doing just those things, as we see Jay’s ever present front breached, Will’s realisation that friends are important, Simon’s determination to break up with his girlfriend, and Neil’s… well… Neil doesn’t change at all.

The film is what you’d expect from the cast and writers of The Inbetweeners franchise, very in your face humour, and can be summed up almost entirely by the scene where Will emerges from the pool of a water slide like the love child of Quasimodo and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, frightening all the fellow holiday goers from the pool.

All in all, I’d say this film is a vast improvement on the previous film, and an even greater improvement on the series. I honestly recommend seeing this with your friends if you get the chance.

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