“The Inbetweeners 2 provides the most satisfying “Inbetweeners” moments to date”
The Inbetweeners 2
by Ryan Casey
Cast: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas
Director(s): Damon Beesley, Iain Morris
Screenwriter(s): Damon Beesley, Iain Morris
Running Time: 96 minutes
I am a huge fan of The Inbetweeners, so news of the sequel filled the adolescent school boy in me with excitement. The wiser twenty-something in me was slightly apprehensive and filled with questions… Maybe the lads where too old for this gig? How are they going to continue to surpass the level of crass, outrageous comedy that they already dished out? Would I get the answers I wanted, or not…
The four tragic, hopeless and disgraceful friends Jay, Simon, Neil and Will reunite for a holiday/travelling in Australia… Let the banter commence!
Let’s start with the positives, to my mind The Inbetweeners 2 provides the most satisfying “Inbetweeners” moments to date, surpassing those seen in the TV programme and the first movie, with the films set pieces absolutely delivering in the hilarious, outrageous and outright disgusting stakes… Make no mistake you will be crying with laughter whilst being slightly sick in your mouth.
The usual splattering of in jokes (banter) between the four leads is also present, and well distributed throughout the story, at times being used as a narrative device that helps keep the audience entertained in moments where the plot lulls somewhat.
With regards to performances it’s pretty much as you where, with Bird (Will), Buckley (Jay), Harrison (Neil) and Thomas (Simon)slotting seamlessly back into their respective roles.
All of this considered The Inbetweeners 2 is definitely not without its faults. To start, the plot is weak; it feels like it exists just so as to fit in the occasional underwhelming cameo, it could have been presented in a much simpler fashion with the audience thrust straight into the boys’ adventures down under.
Which leads me nicely onto my next point, the movie simply takes too long to draw you into the story. The first twenty-five minutes to put it bluntly are boring. Too much time is spent painting a picture of the boys current predicaments rather than immersing you straight into the actual story that everyone wants, a relentless gag fest. It struck me as strange that I was sat in a fully packed out cinema and yet half an hour into watching the “hottest” comedy of the summer, the film hadn’t yet managed to raise so much as a giggle.
What Inbetweeners: The Movie did extremely well was successfully transferring the original TV source material into a believable movie experience, you felt as though these characters belonged on the big-screen. This for me was one of the sequel’s biggest failure, that for too much of the film the excellent set-pieces were surrounded by little more than worthless filler.
So much banter… It’s Banta Claus, Bantatanamo Bay… Just total banter. Not on the same level as its predecessor but it will no doubt satisfy its core demographic as it one hundred percent delivers the disgraceful laughs you will be looking for.