Monday, 23 July 2012

The Inbetweeners Movie

For all of you English people on here, if you've seen this programme, you know that it's one of the most acclaimed and watch Comedy series around recently. It's not exactly pleasant, but it gets along nicely with its smartly written script, unique comedy style, and absolutely vulgar gags. But, it's brilliant. Each episode is memorable, and I've never before seen a fish punched to death on TV. For people who haven't seen this programme, it's only for people who like that kind of humour. You'll either love it or hate it. I personally love it, and as soon as this film was announced, I was hyped to the extreme. But was it any good? 

"The Inbetweeners Movie" follows four teenage boys who go on holiday over the summer; Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Jay (James Buckley). Each with their own characteristics and preferences, they soon roam the streets of Malia, Crete. They meet up with four girls, and end up with one each. But, things don't go smoothly for any of them. This sets off a chain of events including sleeping in an ants nest, stealing a disabled person's towel, accidentally coming across the "master of self-fellatio" and receiving oral sex from an OAP. I did tell ya it's got its own kind of comedy! 

Most TV-movie adaptations don't work very well, but this one did. It does come with its problems, but we'll get to them later. For the most part, "The Inbetweeners Movie" is a VERY funny film...if you like this kind of comedy... 

The four boys are brilliant in this, but they all bring their own laughs and styles. Will is the "posh one", who is probably the funniest character. He relies in the script, and gives some brilliantly memorable lines. Simon is sort of the normal one, but is too busy being depressed over his ex, he misses out on some brilliant opportunities right in front of his eyes. He isn't too funny. Neil is the thick one, using lines such as "Yeah, I have heard that summer's a great time for summer holidays". Jay is basically obsessed with sex, but makes up stories to impress his friends. All of the characters contrast brilliantly, and they're acted out well, which helps. 

There's one specific scene I must mention. When in the club, they see four girls sitting on a table across the room. Jay informs the others to "dance over to them". Neil, Will and Simon do this, in the most awkward fashion ever. Body-popping from Neil, casual dancing from Simon and drunken-Dad like dancing from Will, it makes for the best comedy scene in a long, long time. Honest to God, I had tears coming down my face during this scene; I couldn't breathe! 

But, obviously, it does come with its flaws; the script, being one. The first half an hour is fantastic. If it retained that standard, it could have been the funniest film of the year. It's not quite reached Bridesmaids yet though. The script is so solid for the first 30 minutes, but then it just dies. All the smart writing falls down the drain, and we're left with visual and pretty grotesque gags for the remainder of the film. Scripted comedy can last forever, slapstick and toilet humour, can only sustain half an hour. It gets very dull in the middle. 

Also; the plot. It's just too cliché for me. It finishes even worse. I won't spoil it, but it's obvious from the start how it's going to end, and who's going to end up with whom. It's quite disappointing. The comedy was surprisingly flat for twenty minutes too; about 40 minutes in, the four boys have an argument and split into two groups of two. Nothing really happens for 20 minutes or so, and it drags a bit. It picks itself back up again though, for a decent final act. 

That's all I can say really. It is, simply put, very funny. But the writers just quit half way through, unfortunately. Also, it should not have been a 15. It should have been an 18. Should the c**t word be said twice in a 15? Should we have full frontal male nudity in a 15...TWICE?! Oh well, it added to the comedy slightly, I guess. If you're a fan of the show, you'll love this. It's simple-minded, brain dead comedy. Just turn of your critic radar or you'll find all the bumps inside. 

To Summarise: It's consistently very funny, and it makes for a speedy 97 minutes, but it's dragged down slightly by its clichés, weak story and a script that runs out of strength far too soon.

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