The most anticipated comedy of the summer doesn’t star Jason Bateman, Seth Rogen or even Steve Carell. Instead, it features four teenage boys from suburban London. The Inbetweeners Movie is probably the only film that everyone I know has been excited about, or have already seen it.
Taking £2.5m on its release day alone, The Inbetweeners Movie has been sold out on more than one occasion, often with backed up queues. The variety and size of the audience is certainly comparable to The Kings Speech, as people of all ages were queuing to see it: I shared the screen with teenagers, peers and parents (it turns out that clunge jokes appeal not only to teenagers, but adults too). It’s even more impressive that promotion was kept to a minimum; the reputation for The Inbetweeners is strong enough not to require advertising other than word of mouth alone.
Depicting girls, drinks and friendship, the most important elements of any lads holiday, the film shows what the lads get up to once school has finished – as the TV series depicts how they’re getting on at school and sixth form, the film focuses on the summer break. Bored of spending the holidays watching porn or mourning unsuccessful relationships, clearly the only way to truly celebrate the end of education is to spend two weeks on a Greek island drinking fishbowls and attempting to get girlfriends.
As per the TV show, the film focuses on the trails and tribulations that occur between a close knit group of friends. This includes disagreements, arguments and Will, usually the voice of reason, discouraging completely absurd actions which result, predictably, in hilarity (of course you would sell all of your clothes for €100, including the clothes on your back, and your pants). Although I have to say, as much as I enjoyed the movie, it isn’t really a movie. It is exciting, and does warrant the novelty of watching an episode of The Inbetweeners on the big screen. Although, not wanting to put a dampener on things; it could easily have been a feature-length special.
Aside from the blatant toilet humour, it was nice to delve beneath the surface a little and discover more about the boys. Ideally, I would have liked to learn a bit more about their future; I suppose that leaves it nicely open for a possible sequel. It’s not really suggested what’s up next for the arguable heroes, although Jay does question what’s going to happen to him when Simon and Will go off to university. Assuming that Neil is going to remain behind the fish counter in Asda doesn’t really cut it.
Despite the somewhat unexpected happy ending, The Inbetweeners Movie is everything that is loved from the E4 cult comedy: it’s crass, hilarious and in places a little grotesque, but we wouldn’t expect anything else from a lads holiday, would we?