Thursday, 25 August 2011

The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

An enjoyable watch - 3.5/5
So I saw this film last night called The Inbetweeners Movie. I would assume that the hugely popular TV series, The Inbetweeners, will be known more to our UK audience. The mix of dry, taboo humour and brilliant characters is what made the series so popular and a film was always inevitable.

What I worried about before I went in to see the film was that it wouldn't stay true to the television series and that it would prove to be unpopular. However, after watching the film, I can confirm that it retains the type of humour we have all come to love from The Inbetweeners. Cringeworthy at times, the script delivered a quick witted and fast-paced screenplay that managed to keep me entertained almost the whole way through. Admittedly it was a pretty cheesy story but it worked. However, I would say that there is a reason this type of humour works in small 30 minute programs. It did wear a little thin towards the end as the same type of jokes were repeated over and over again. Despite this the film was an enjoyable watch and exceeded my expectations.

The four main characters, played by James Buckley, Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison, all impressed and retained their individual styles. It was as if the film continued directly from the TV series without any break in between. The four young actors must be praised for making this happen.

Writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, who worked together on the hit comedy show Flight Of The Conchords, must also be praised for coming up with such a popular group of characters who have gone on to achieve three successful series and now a film. Their blunt writing style is surely the main reason The Inbetweeners has become such a success and their comedic style cannot be overlooked.

I'm pretty sure that every single fan of the TV series will enjoy this film. It isn't the best piece of cinema ever but it proved to be an enjoyable watch that will surely leave fans wanting a sequel. If you like The Inbetweeners you'll love it. If not, I wouldn't bother.


TS Hendrik said...

I can't wait to see the film. Loved the show -the characters and the humor, all great. If the movie really carries it well for the full length, I'm sold.

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