Director: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris
Starring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison
Run-time: 96 minutes
IN SHORT: Despite the gorgeous setting and enthusiasm of its cast, the Inbetweeners 2 feels like a quick cash-in rather than a memorable swansong.
Returning exactly three summers after their first big screen outing, the 'inbetweeners' - Will, Simon, Jay and Neil - find themselves in Australia after Jay invites them over to explore the 'sex capital of the world'. But when the boys reach Oz they realise Jay, who'd lured them over with his tales of super model threesomes and early morning blowjobs, has grossly exaggerated his situation. Classic Jay. With its crass tone and puerile gags, Inbetweeners 2 continues the spirit of the successful television series but the repetitive 'lads on tour' plotting and over-familiar jokes make for a laborious watch and a disappointing finale for this much-loved foursome.
Many criticised the logic of an Inbetweeners sequel due to the ever-increasing age of its cast; Simon Bird (Will) and Joe Thomas (Simon) are both 30. However despite the age of the cast, all four of the main actors are still convincing and believable in their respective parts. The natural chemistry and banter between the boys is really what holds the movie together as the opportunity for genuine belly laughs is sparse. Inbetweeners 2 is bursting out the seams with its classic brand of poo, vomit and sexual innuendos but too many of the jokes are simple reworkings of scenes that were done better in the show and the first movie. Although the writer's parodic representation of the middle-class 'gap yah' traveler was an enjoyable through-line.
Inbetweeners 2 isn't a bad movie, there's just no justifiable reason for its existence. As a movie experience it's plodding, non-filmic and extremely safe. It might sound foolish asking for depth from an Inbetweeners movie but as endings go, Inbetweeners 2 sets a whole new standard of abruptness. The finale neatly weaves in classic supporting characters from the series but the lack of self-realisation or character development leaves the audience cold. There's the opportunity for an unforgettable ending in the final moments but again, the writers wimp out and settle for the conventional. Overall, despite the gorgeous setting and enthusiasm of its cast, the Inbetweeners 2 feels like a quick cash-in rather than a memorable swansong.