Review of The Inbetweeners

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Four socially troubled 18-year-olds from the south of England decide to head to Malia for a vacation.
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Movie Review: "The Inbetweeners"

-- Rating: R (strong and crude sexual content, some graphic nudity, strong language, alcohol, and brief drug use)
Length: 97 minutes
Release Date: Sept. 7, 2012
Directed by: Ben Palmer
Genre: Comedy

"The Inbetweeners" is a British comedy based on a television series of the same name. The movie follows on from where the plot left off in the original television series, which ran from 2008 to 2010. The writers of the movie "The Inbetweeners," Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, were the writers of the television series. One of the four directors of the television run, Ben Palmer, is also the director of the movie version. The four main actors, Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley, and Blake Harrison continue in their television roles of Will McKenzie, Simon Cooper, Jay Cartwright, and Neil Sutherland respectively. All four young British actors are still relatively unknown in the film industry, and this movie gives them an opportunity to show off their acting talents.
The opening scene of the film shows four British teenagers who have just finished their last year of school. Their sixth form teacher, Mr. Gilbert, was extremely harsh to them and they despised him for it. Added to this, is the fact that many of the boys have experienced heartbreak in their own lives, such as losing a grandfather or being dumped by a girlfriend. To escape their troubles at home, the boys make an executive decision to go on a trip to Crete to have fun. What they discover when they get there is not what they imagined when they first booked the trip. The hotel that the boys stay in looks completely different to the pictures they saw when booking their accommodation.

Focused on having a good time, the boys walk down to the bars to flirt with girls (Lucy, Lisa, Alison, and Jane); however, this escapade goes horribly wrong. Despite this bad start, another meeting is planned for the next day. As the boys are milling around outside the bar, Simon notices his ex-girlfriend, Carli (Emma Head), across the street. It is then revealed that one of the boys booked the trip to Crete after talking to Carli. Simon reminds his friends that the reason they decided to go away on holiday was to escape their problems in England. Carli asks Simon if they can meet in a few days at a boat party, to which Simon agrees.
The next day the four boys meet up with the group of girls from the bar at the girls' hotel swimming pool. After multiple incidents, the boys are asked to leave the hotel. Faced with a ruined holiday, the young boys fight among themselves but realize that they are not improving their situation. The foursome split up and they each go on their own adventure.

At the bar later that night, the boys reconcile and resolve their differences. Not long after, the same group of girls turn up and they each try to pick up one of the boys. There is no chemistry between any of them and the guys attempt to find the boat party that Carli had invited Simon to a few days previously.

Once the boys board the boat, Carli kisses Simon; he realizes that she has done this to make her new boyfriend jealous, so he leaves. The other three end up having sex with some of the girls from the bar. Unbeknown to the guys, all four girls had followed them onto the boat. It is only at this point that the boys realize that they love the girls and they each profess their love for their new partner. Simon gets overly optimistic and attempts to swim to shore to tell Lucy that he loves her rather than his ex-girlfriend, Carli. Simon nearly drowns and has to be rescued.

After this ordeal, the four couples spend the rest of their vacation together. When they all return to England, the girls introduce themselves to the boys' parents. The film ends with a scene of Mr. Gilbert, the boys' old school teacher, riding a bike through the streets of Crete in his underwear.

"The Inbetweeners" is a great laugh for anyone who enjoys watching teenage comedy movies. Although a sequel was not intended to be made for the movie, the box office success of "The Inbetweeners" resulted in rumors that a sequel would be made. In August 2012, movie executives confirmed that a sequel is currently in the early stages of preproduction.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars