Billy's Film Reviews.

A series of film reviews and opinion pieces from a film student and all round movie lover! Happy reading!

The Inbetweeners 2 – 2014

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It may appear biased, but when films or television series revert to having their characters travel abroad to Australia, their escapades and antics are more or less generic, unfunny and awkward. There was a time where the stereotypical Australian was the centre of all the laughs because of how different a culture he came from, but “Crocodile Dundee” was released nearly 30 years ago.

The hit British comedy “The Inbetweeners” was such a successful series that was of course, made into an horrendous atrocity of a feature film. The first film lacked every single ounce of cleverness the series had and basically sold itself out as a whole. The announcement of a sequel (following the exuberant amount of profit of the original) was not good news – particularly for an Australian.

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A lot has changed since the first “Inbetweeners” film drew to a close. The gang have remained in contact but have gone their separate ways. Receiving a letter from the exacerbating member of the group Jay (James Buckley), the gang (being Simon, Neil and Will) are informed about the incredible gap year he is currently having in the land down under. Enticed by his invitation, the others immediately set off to see if what Jay is saying about Australia is in fact true. Of course when they arrive, they see that he is in fact not an incredibly rich DJ that can have any woman he wants – rather, he is a toilet cleaner, making next to nothing and living in a tent…

From there, the group travel around the country, exploring various sights and running into some familiar faces. The plot is relatively stupid, but that’s not what made “The Inbetweeners 2” a surprisingly enjoyable film. The best thing about the film was that although it was set on the other side of the world, it went back to it’s routes when it came to the humour. This really feels like an extended TV special of the original series, and it’s refreshing to see. It is obvious that a little bit more thought has gone into the script, and it definitely pays off. The laughs are more frequent and the chaos has doubled.

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It is more or less all about Will, the protagonist of the series, which is perfectly fine; his character is brilliant to watch. The others give their all in their supporting roles, but the character of Simon appears to have been pushed back and given a slightly weaker part to play. His troubles are mainly centred around a controlling girlfriend back in the UK, and there are some really humorous moments involving him, but he just doesn’t have the same presence as he did in the television show. Apart from the nitpicking, “The Inbetweeners 2” was actually quite enjoyable!

After witnessing the train wrecks that were “The Inbetweeners Movie” and the “Modern Family: Australia Special”, the thought of a combination was enough to make my blood boil. After sitting through the sequel to what I personally see as one of the worst film adaptations of a television series a couple of years ago, it came as an incredible surprise that I found myself laughing regularly and sometimes hysterically. Australia is seen from a less stereotypical way and the laughs are taken straight from the original gold mine that was the programme – well played Beesley and Morris, you’ve learned your lesson!

3.5/5

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