Inbetweeners 2 review

Genre: Comedy, Romance,
Starring: Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Emily Berrington,
Year Of Release: 2014
Certificate: 12A (UK)
Runtime: 96 Minutes
Director: Damon Beesley & Iain Morris
Synopsis: “Jay, Neil, Simon, and Will reunite in Australia for a holiday.” IMDB

Not sure how many of many readers will have even heard of “The Inbetweeners”, I know the American adaptation wasn’t received very well and I don’t know how much of a release the first film got outside the UK. Well for those of you who don’t know, the film is based on a TV Series that ran for three series from 2008-2010, the show had a very critical acclaim here so it wasn’t that much of a shock when it was announced. However, the first film was a complete and utter let down, they took a step away from their Comedy roots and went for a Rom-Com and failed across the board, anyway back to this one.

The film starts off with Jay (James Buckley) giving us a wonderfully and the lads an overly dramatised version of his life living down under in the land of Aus’ working in a top nightclub calling himself “DJ Big Penis”, back in sunny ol’ England, Simon (Joe Thomas) is in University studying sociology and still dating his girlfriend from the first film Lucy (Tamla Kari) who is now an absolute psychopath to say the least. While Will (Simon Bird) is also at University having the same luck he as always had when it comes to friends, then we have Neil (Blake Harrison) living his deluded happy life as he always has done.

The three lads stuck at home decided to go to surprise Jay and flight to Australia for a visit, they arrive in the top night club in which “DJ Big Penis” is claimed to be working, they find Jay working in the toilets in the club. Will bumps into an old friend Katie (Emily Berrington) who he claims was his first love, she persuades him to go to Byron Bay where Will meets a rival for her heart Ben (Freddie Stroma) a guitar playing, trust fund inheriting, dreadlock rocking douchebag, type of person you want to fail at life.

As the film unravels, we find out Jay has an ulterior motive for moving to Australia, he has his own little “side mission” shall we say, leading him to have some extremely memorable scenes. I don’t want to delve any more into the story without giving away pivotal parts of the film, however don’t be expecting a perfect script the film is all about the gags and boy does it deliver in that department.

Overall, in my honest opinion it is at least ten times the film the first one tried to be, where the first relied heavily one the romance and letting the comedy slide, the second has its romantic elements but never lets it get in the way of some of the funniest moments in films in recent years. The film is full to the brim of gut busting laughs, I advise you buy it on DVD/Blu-Ray when you can because you will need to pause at times to catch your breath. There’s a laugh for each of Jays apparent lovers, all 6,004 of them ha.

9/10

Chris "The Boss" Wilson

Chris is a self confessed movie junkie, his favourite film is A Nightmare On Elm Street, yes the 84 version obviously!

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