Graduation just wouldn’t be complete without an unchaperoned, uninhibited and unforgettable island holiday with your pals. At least that’s what recent grads Will McKenzie (Simon Bird), Jay Cartwright (James Buckley), Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas) and Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison) think when they book a two-week getaway to a notorious international hotspot on the isle of Crete. The lads hit the resort’s infamous club strip and try to join in the legendary party scene with humiliating–and sidesplitting–results. Surrounded by scantily clad hotties, outrageous escapades and a plethora of bodily fluids, clueless intellectual Will,love-struck puppy Simon, chronic masturbator Jay and dimwitted cougar-bait Neil go on “Pussay Patrol” hoping to find high times and, more importantly, wild sex in one of Europe’s craziest vacation spots. Instead, they naively blunder from one mortifying experience to another, managing to sabotage every chance they get to fulfill their dreams. Convinced that the solution to all of their problems lies in a weekend party-boat excursion, but without the funds or connections to get tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime blowout, they seemed doomed to once again be left outside the action in this raucous and raunchy coming-of-age comedy based on the hit UK television series created by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris.
The Inbetweeners has a built in history across the pond with folks in the UK, and now they have brought a movie over to America that did fantastically upon release there. The movie was originally a television show that was on for three seasons and was exceedingly popular. Now, the four teenagers that made that show a hit are gathering together for a shot at the big screen.
The television show was hilarious and always seemed to be right on the edge of exploding in popular culture around the world. (It may yet) When I found out they were bringing this film to America, I was thrilled and excited to see it.
The general premise is about four high school boys that are fighting their way through the obvious problems that teenaged boys go through. Virtually everything is about trying to get with the ladies, drink or play pranks on each other. While the focus is rather narrow, the film never intends to be more than a laugh factory. It is American Pie but with British kids. To be quite honest, it is every bit as good as that series turned out to be, and in some cases it might even be better.
As for the movie, I had high hopes that it would meet those same lofty standards. They were always limited by the television show as far as how far they could go. They cursed, but they could not really explore the naughty side of things on the television screen. With the freedom that a rated R film can bring, the guys were free to explore a bit more. What was hinted at in the television series could become a “reality” on the silver screen.
That said, it was a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed it a great deal and it had parts that were hilarious, but it lacked something that the television show has in spades…innocence. I am not sure if it is the fact that they are forced to be restrained on television or what, but they characters come off as much more enjoyable on television. In the movie, they come off as cruel more than anything else. That aside, the movie is flat out funny.
The buddies are Will (Simon Bird) Jay (James Buckley), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Simon (Joe Thomas)…They have graduated and decided that a trip to Crete would be an awesome way to celebrate Spring Break and chase some girls. The simple premise allows for the freedom to simply air what is effectively one sketch after another. On the surface that sounds shallow, but it really is what the movie needs. These guys fit right into this formula and it works from the moment the movie begins.
The Inbetweeners is clearly not meant to be taken seriously and is all about having fun. The boys get into all kinds of situations, and each of them is worse than the last. The only real problem I have with the comedy is that it is brutal and at times gross. I see way too much vomit than one would like to see in a movie, just for one example. Mostly, the gags are spot on and the humor is sharp and witty.
If you have ever had a group of friends in high school, then you will relate to some part of this movie. It does a nice job of melding comedy and innocence while at the same time exploding puberty onto the screen. You walk away feeling a little bit dirty for having watched it, but laughing inside at the things that you recognized from your youth. The Inbetweeners is certainly worth the price of admission for anyone wanting a good laugh that is of age.