Since it first aired in 2008, “The Inbetweeners” has become a cult classic in British comedy, introducing terms such as “clunge”, “bumder” and “bus wanker” to the vocabulary of teenagers and young adults. Three years on from the first film, the boys return in “The Inbetweeners 2”.
In their second film outing, Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison), Will McKenzie (Simon Bird) and Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas) receive an invite from Jay Cartwright (James Buckley) to join him in Australia, where he is living it large in “the sex capital of the world”.
Once again, the group put growing up temporarily on-hold, as they embark on a backpacking holiday of a lifetime in an awful car, inspired by Peter Andre’s “Mysterious Girl”.
As you would expect, The Inbetweeners 2 is full of the usual smutty one-liners that fans of the series have come to know and love. The set-up for such humour, both visually and aurally, is truly brilliant. While there are a number of jokes which don’t work as well, the vast majority will have cinemagoers laughing out loud.
The reason the humour works so well is down to the combination of strong writing and even stronger performances. Just like the characters they play, the quartet has formed a solid bond over the years and it clearly shows throughout the film’s entirety.
As well as each other, the boys also have a great connection with the supporting characters. Will’s relationship with the adrenaline-fuelled traveller Katie (Emily Berrington) and Simon’s love/hate relationship with his psychotic girlfriend Lucy (Tamla Kari) are particularly strong and further add to the film’s hilarity.
Whereas the original film felt more like an extended episode of the television series, The Inbetweeners 2 is more movie-esque, thanks to its narrative arc. Writers and directors Damon Beesley and Iain Morris have managed to create a well-rounded plot, without going down the Hollywood route. There are even a couple of in-jokes that fans of the television series will love.