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The Inbetweeners Movie is originally a popular British TV sitcom. In 2011, that sitcom was adapted to be the highest grossing comedy in UK box-office history. No one has believed in that success of the movie, but it’s real and the success continues with its sequels of The Inbetweeners 2 movie as it had surpassed the record of its predecessor and enjoyed the highest grossing opening week of any movie in Britain this year. Not only that, English critics had given it a generally positive reception.
I don’t believe that, perhaps there’s no accounting for British taste. However, when speaking of The Inbetweeners 2 full movie, taste is hardly the word, and also be tasteless. This movie is beyond tasteless, and I would rate it the most crass, crude and monumentally unfunny comedy ever, and it’s just the second movie in the series. As a general rule, the higher the number in a movie’s title the worse the movie is likely to be. On this scale, you’d expect this movie to be called The Inbetweeners 7, or possibly something in double figures, but not just only be The Inbetweeners 2 movie. In short, the movie is bloody awful.
Written and directed by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, the movie is about four lusty 18-year-old English lads embarking on a madcap holiday in Australia. In the first movie, they took themselves to Greece aiming to sow their wild oats and generally behaving like drunken slobs for the delight of the local population. Having now set their sights on Australia, are they any older and wiser? You wish. In The Inbetweeners 2 online, our four lads are Will (Simon Bird), Jay (James Buckley), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Simon (Joe Thomas) reprising their original roles. They are meant to have their own quirky personality, but they are seemed depressing alike in their attitudes and appetites,with racist sympathies and a cheerful philistinism on show from the start. Arriving in Sydney, they quickly become familiar with everyday Aussie slang terms and are soon contemplating a glorious moonlit vista of Sydney. I would have liked to have seen more of the boys among familiar Sydney landmarks, but then it’s only fair to include Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and even Canberra landmarks. After a brief sequence in Byron Bay, the lads head for a Gold Coast resort. Jay promises no shortage of female company. In a meanwhile, Simon is trying to break up with Lucy, his girlfriend in Bristol, but during a Skype conversation she mistakes a chance remark from Will’s uncle as a marriage proposal from Will. A clever touch this, so don’t say I’m not being fair. To be even fairer, I should add that a lot of the audience at my screening were laughing their heads off.
There are lots of hilarious material to choose from, viewers will have a hard time picking their favorite funny sequence. Animal lovers may prefer the scene when a dog licks a bloke’s dangling balls in full view of the camera, or when Neil feeds fast food to an unsuspecting dolphin and the poor creature breathes its last. Then, there’s all that business on the Birdsville Track, when the lads run out of petrol and imagine they are dying of thirst. The only source of life-saving fluid is Neil’s full bladder.
The dialogue is relentlessly fast but never funny, unless you consider four-letter words funny in themselves. After their Australian holiday, the lads are off to Vietnam, a country that surely has suffered enough already from foreign intruders.