21 August 2011
The Inbetweeners Movie
2011, 97mins, 15
Director: Ben Palmer
Writer (s): Iain Morris, Damon Beesley
Cast includes: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Laura Haddock, Emily Head
UK Release Date: 19th August 2011
Since its first appearance on British television in 2008, “The Inbetweeners” has pretty much become a modern comedic institution. Following a group of socially inept 18 year-old boys, the show amassed a following thanks to its boundary busting vulgarity, clever writing and gut wrenching honesty. With the television portion of these characters’ lives now seemingly complete (the third series climaxed in 2010), the creators have bumped this troubled quartet of cretins up to the big screen for a final hurrah. “The Inbetweeners Movie” captures much of the humour that rendered the show such a deserved success, but it also makes several critical missteps outside of its comic aspirations, especially when it comes to depicting the lads finding romance on a gnarly holiday.
In the pantheon of TV to film adaptations “The Inbetweeners Movie” ranks above average. As a self-contained teen comedy it’s several notches below the respective genre highpoints.
A Review by Daniel Kelly, 2011