The Inbetweeners 2

Jay, Neil, Simon, and Will reunite in Australia for a holiday.

The second Inbetweeners film continues the gradual quality decrease of the series, but it still has more than its fair share of funny moments. The premise itself works, and I don’t have an issue with expanding the series into feature films (they won’t either, given the money it’s made!). A lads holiday was ripe with possibilities and the first film was pretty funny, as was a backpacking holiday across Australia, the premise of this one. The humour is broadly what you’d expect, although it did feel like there was a bigger focus on gross-out humour than before which is slightly disappointing as the funniest moments of the series have been more character based.

It does have some terrific moments throughout that had me laughing my head off – the paedophile joke was funny and well placed, and Will’s rant about spirituality is up there with his best! I found Emily Berrington’s character quite annoying (I think it was more the character than the acting), although it felt slightly necessary for Will’s individual plot within the film, but the strength as always is with the central four. The music has always been good throughout the series, and it was pretty great again here (The Maccabees ‘Latchmere’ a great choice for the water park sequence). The film also found time to work in some supporting characters from the TV series/previous film, leading to some well earned laughs and good character moments.

Overall, I enjoyed the film, even as it struggles to hit the heights of the first two series (a format that suited the comedy better). That being said, if this is the final film (and there’s no guarantee of this in a sequel/franchise obsessed environment), it feels like a natural point, and it’s happened before the quality drops off completely which would be pretty good.

Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Damon Beesley and Iain Morris

Starring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Emily Berrington, Freddie Stroma, Belinda Stewart-Wilson and Greg Davies

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3097204/

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