The four teenage misfits – Will (Simon Bird), Jay (James Buckley), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Simon (Joe Thomas) – have finished their A-levels are about to leave Rudge Park Comprehensive. Within their final week of school, a series of events – including Simon being dumped by his girlfriend Carili, the death of Jay’s grandfather and Will’s father’s marriage to his younger mistress - prompt them to consider a holiday. To escape it all, and to make the most of what could potentially be the last time they all hang out together (Will and Simon heading off to University), they select Malia in Crete, as their destination.
As Jay puts it, copious amounts of sex, booze and sun ensue, but they are also required to survive awful accommodation, mass humiliation, bitter disappointment, confusing relationships and stretched friendships too. Jay's impenetrable mass-cravings for sex, his disillusionment that every girl he meets fancies him, and his raw naivety about his pick-up abilities soon grows tiresome. It's way too extreme to be taken seriously, and he is easily the most unlikeable of the foursome. Simon continues to mope about Carli, talking endlessly about her to Lucy, one of the attractive girls they meet on the first night in a bar. Though she clearly likes him, he bores her to death obsessing over Carli. His story is more painful than funny, and it's all resolved in a predictable and unforgivably ridiculous way. Neil is convinced he's not cheating on his girlfriend if he isn't kissing, leading to several weird (and disgusting) encounters with older women. It is only Will's civil conversations with Alison, an attractive out-of-his-league blonde that provide consistent laughter and show signs of cleverness. If Simon Bird didn't exist in this film, it would have been unbearable.
It's all very predictable, silly and highly sexist. The way Jay talks about women, and how a lot of the girls are portrayed in the film, is pretty outrageous. How those dance moves manage to mildly impress the girls in the bar - who look on in bored bewilderment - and prompt them to curiously stick around for the rest of the film, is beyond me. So many of the jokes are inevitable, for example the poop joke, as soon as the hotel owner issued his one and only warning. The rest of the gags consist of the guys being dacked, forced to strip, dry humping in public or vomiting. It is only intermittently funny, and for me, it just wasn't enough.
The Inbetweeners Movie is pretty awful. It's vile and irritable. There are enough laughs to comfortably fill a 25-minute episode of the show (and there were some big laughs, I'll admit) but spread over 97 minutes the film very quickly wears out it's welcome. Full of lazy writing and convenient plot resolutions, this is a film I did not enjoy. It's not just a poor film, but a failed comedy venture that I am going to assume has satisfied more fans than it probably should have. Unless you are a die-hard fan of the show, this is not recommended.
My Rating: ★ 1/2 (D+)