I don’t usually watch much British comedy and that’s usually because, like a lot of non-Brits, I don’t get some of their comedy. I think there are some Brits who don’t get it either but no matter. Lady Banana had put up the video for this movie’s trailer in her blog a few weeks ago and on watching it I found it funny and so I got a copy of the film to enjoy. It is funny and you won’t have any problem in getting the jokes because it’s all about the same teenagers coming of age jokes that most of us enjoy, even if we have left our teens far behind (still crying over that one!)
The movie is based on the sitcom The Inbetweeners which airs in the UK. The film follows the misadventures of a group of teenage friends on holiday in Crete after the end of their final year at school together, and thus serves as an ending to the TV series, unless sequels are made. It stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison as the four friends and there’s also a small role for Anthony Stewart Head as the father of one of the boys. So the four boys – Will, Simon, Jay and Neil – have finished high school and decide to go to have a holiday in the Greek island of Crete to celebrate before each of them decides what college to go to after their results come in. This also serves as a getaway from their last week during which Jay’s grandfather dies, Simon is dumped by his girlfriend Carli and Will’s divorced father tells him he has married his much younger mistress.
The best part is the differences amongst these 4 guys – while nerdy Will tries to smart talk himself into girls’ hearts, using wit & sarcasm, while Simon pines for his girlfriend. Jay somewhat obnoxious & cocky Jay is overconfident while tall, awkward & gangly Neil is bent on not cheating on his girlfriend but does make out with older women! They meet up wit 4 young girls on their first night out at a bar that is usually empty – Will chats to Alison and pokes fun at her cliched “Greek waiter boyfriend”, Simon bores Lucy talking about Carli, Neil has a non-conversation with Lisa, and Jay “gets stuck” with the bubbly, if somewhat overweight Jane. The 8 of them end up spending a lot of time with each other over the next few days. Simon sees Carli who is also on vacation in Crete with some of her friends but she will be leaving early. Plus she seems to be spending a lot of time with the rude fellow called James & his group. Simon spends the next few days trying to score cash to meet Carli on a part on a boat thing, ignoring Lucy who seems to really like him.
The next day the boys meet up with the girls at a hotel pool but things go bad when a man argues with them for taking up his suntan bed and a little boy who pulls Jay’s shorts down, ends up being pushed into the pool in return and he yells as he can’t swim. The boys get thrown out of the hotel premises for the commotion caused. Outside Jay & Simon get into a fight, which ends up with Will taking Simon aside for a walk in the town while Neil & Simon decide to hit the bars. However, desperate to buy a ticket for the boat party, Simon sells his clothes to James, including what he is wearing, but never gets paid for them and is left naked. Jay & Neil have no luck either as their foray into an expensive club hoping to meet girls ends up with them witnessing a male stripper performing autofellatio on stage. Later that evening, the four boys meet back at the bar and bury the hatchet. Before long, the girls turn up and suggest that they all go skinny dipping at the local beach. Jane attempts to kiss Jay, but he is embarrassed to be seen with her so she leaves him behind. Will has better luck with Alison until he stumbles across her Greek boyfriend having sex with another woman; Alison then runs off in tears. Lucy and Simon appear to be growing closer until he sees Carli on the beach and leaves Lucy alone in the sea.
Eventually the boys are able to score tickets for the boat party with Lucy giving her ticket to Simon and tells him to go meet Carli, while she stays back alone on the beach. As the boat sets off Carlie kisses Simon but it is obvious that she is trying to make James, who is also there, jealous. Simon sees through her and decides that she is not what he though she was and leaves her. Jay apologises to Jane, and she takes him into the toilets to perform oral sex on him. Neil tells Lisa that his girlfriend back home dumped him they feel no longer limited in the kind of sex they have. eanwhile, Alison hunts out Will and asks to be his girlfriend, which he eagerly accepts. They all get together to cheer Simon who decides to swim back towards the beach and be with Lucy but he gets tired and nearly drowns and has to be airlifted via a helicopter (grand romantic gesture dashed). After the boat party is over, the other boys and girls visit Simon in hospital, and once he recovers they all spend the rest of their holiday together as couples. Eventually, the four boys head home to the UK, looking forward to the next stage of their lives. As they meet their families at the airport, their girlfriends exit the same terminal and introduce themselves to the boys’ parents as the film ends.
Some gross scenes with feces, yuck, and wonked out humour, it’s not as gross as some people had warned me about. It’s a fun little movie that you should try out. 7 out of 10!