The Inbetweeners Movie (R16)

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Review byMatthew Turner18/08/2011

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 100 mins

Enjoyable, frequently hilarious teen comedy that sticks closely to the winning formula of the TV show and delivers crude sight gags, witty lines and strong, likeable characters, thanks to enjoyable comic performances from the four leads.

What's it all about?

Directed by Ben Palmer and written by creators Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, The Inbetweeners is a feature length adaptation of the British hit TV comedy. When their final year at Rudge Park Comprehensive comes to an end, clunge-obsessed best friends Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Jay (James Buckley) decide to spend Jay's recent inheritance on a lads-only holiday, so they head to the Greek holiday hotspot of Malia in search of “sex, booze, sex, tits, booze and sex”.

Naturally, things don't go entirely according to plan, not least because Neil has booked their holiday in the same spot as heartbroken Simon's recent ex Carli (Emily Head), who he's supposed to be trying to forget. However, their holiday prospects improve dramatically when the lads meet four girls their own age (Lydia Rose Bewley, Laura Haddock, Jessica Knappett and Tamla Kari) in a seedy nightclub.

The Good
With the original creative team in full control, it's no surprise that the film sticks so closely to the winning formula of the TV show. As a result, it avoids the looming spectre of Kevin & Perry Go Large (or, indeed, the Are You Being Served? movie) and sidesteps the usual pitfalls of TV-to-big-screen adaptations, maintaining the same tone, pace and gag rate that made the series so successful in the first place.

The four leads are excellent, delivering strong comic performances and even adding a little depth to their believable, likeable characters. There's also strong support from the four newcomers, particularly Tamla Kari as Lucy (who gets a little tired of Simon going on about Carli all the time) and Laura Haddock as Alison.

The Great
Most importantly of all, the film is consistently laugh out loud funny, thanks to some terrific comic set pieces: an early dance routine is genuinely hilarious and there are several great (and, true to form, extremely crude) sight gags, all of which it would be churlish to reveal here.

Worth seeing?
In short, The Inbetweeners Movie is a hugely enjoyable, genuinely hilarious comedy that won't disappoint fans of the TV show, thanks to a witty script, assured direction and terrific comic performances from the four leads. Highly recommended.

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