Review: The Inbetweeners 2
THE Inbetweeners have again burst onto the silver screen in style. After much denial of there ever being a sequel to the claimed ‘never going to happen’ first instalment, this movie sees our favourite foursome reunited.
This is a coming-of-age movie of sorts. If you can imagine Jay, Neil, Will and Simon ever growing up then don’t go see this film because they don’t. Sure, they learn some life lessons and go on the trip of a lifetime. But maturity? Nah, not for these guys. Be warned, this is not one for the faint-hearted or for the very young for that matter. You will see mild nudity, sex, drink, drugs and (spoiler alert) a man’s scrotum being licked by an Alsatian. But if you, like me, like a bit of immature fun then this will not disappoint.
This surprisingly clever second spin-off from the E4 sitcom is in itself a kind of contradictory genius. It is a coming-of-age movie about change, evolution and growth but it is also funny, ridiculous and, in some parts, downright disgusting. Honestly, it’s funnier than I expected. The Inbetweeners 2 remains true to its comedic form – as they say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. As the film begins Jay is living a typically exaggerated life in Australia, which provides his three amigos with a way to escape their problems back home. Will hates university, Simon is terrified of his girlfriend and Neil has joined Grinder to make some new friends.
While their adventure takes some twists and turns including the obligatory love story that turns sour (for Will), nearly dying in the desert (after getting stuck there for two hours) and an unexpected marriage proposal (I’m going to let you figure that one out for yourselves), our four heroes decide what better way to end this Australian adventure than with starting another and continuing to travel through Southeast Asia. The airport ending credits will come as no surprise to you as it harks back to the first film and as with the first one, the shouts of more have been falling on deaf ears (for now anyway) as the guys are saying this is it. No more Inbetweeners, we’ve had our lot and there will be no more.
While I’m sure there is many a fan who will wait eagerly for them to change their mind and begin filming another, I, for one, think they have made the right decision. They should go out on a high with this movie and move on to other projects. Their genius could be revisited in the future so we can see where our boys ended up as proper adults. But as Simon Bird (Will), Joe Thomas (Simon), James Buckley (Jay) and Blake Harrison (Neil) are now proper grown-ups themselves it may be time to hang up the Pussay Patrol t-shirts and move on.
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