In the last few years, British TV has had a big influence on British cinema. Within a matter of months, we’ve had The Harry Hill Movie, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie and Pudsey the Dog: The Movie. These three films started because of the massive success of The Inbetweeners Movie, a film that surprised critics and audiences alike with its massive success. Its sequel, The Inbetweeners 2, pushes the latter films aside and shows that its predecessor wasn’t a fluke.
If you were a fan of the first movie, or indeed the show, then you will know what to expect when walking into The Inbetweeners 2 and the movie doesn’t do anything new or try anything clever. It just gives you what you want to see – the four lads giving it “bantz” and being embarrassed and humiliated. One of the key things with the script is that it makes you want to see the boys succeed. Just as you wanted them to get with the girls in the first movie, The Inbetweeners 2 wants you to see Will stop acting like a backpacker and join in his mate’s quest. Despite the fact that all four of them are pretty deplorable and thoroughly repugnant, you can’t help but find them likeable. It’s got to the point now where you know these characters inside out, and they’re almost like your friends. You’ll be having so much fun of these four idiots make fools of themselves you won’t even question why certain characters from the previous film are missing or not even mentioned. Even as the movie came to an end, I could have happily watched another adventure with them.
It certainly does feel stodgy in parts and there are aspects that don’t work completely – but your enjoyment of The Inbetweeners 2 will boil down to how much you enjoyed the original series and the last movie. If you weren’t a fan, then this will not be the movie to change your minds. But fans will really enjoy it. It’s hilarious from start to end with some huge belly-laughs and it has enough sweetness and genuine love for the characters in there so that it doesn’t feel like a cheap cash-in project. The cast all do a great job with the material, the story is smart and it will leave you wanting to see a third movie, which is impressive considering I wasn’t particularly excited for this instalment.
Let’s put it another way – it’s a lot better than Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie, The Harry Hill Movie and Pudsey the Dog: The Movie combined.