In a blaze of crude schoolboy vulgarity, The Inbetweeners has unashamedly slipped itself into the British cultural palette, reaffirmed by another excellent outing. Returning with their unique assault of unabashed familiarity, in an awful way Will, Simon, Neil and Jay feel like old friends. They’re irrepressibly crude and puerile, their resistance to growing up is their most charming asset, aided by a cast who sink into their characters skins with glee, somehow making every joke about Will’s mum or Jay’s
alleged sexual exploits funnier than the next.
Despite being a decade older than the late teens they portray, Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison and James Buckley are a cast of talented comics with such an energetic repartee (or as their characters would put it, ‘bants’), making their second big screen outing even more delightful than the last. This time Jay is gap-yearing in Australia, banging more Sheilas than spikes in Simons quiff. The rest of the gang go out to see him, after all, what else are student loans for? Their misadventures arrive and fall with a marvellous gusto thanks to creators Damon Beesley and Iain Morris’s gloriously well observed and perverse imaginations, with both men not only writing but this time also directing.
Stretching out a television programme to a feature length movie has never seemed so effortless. Familiarity with these characters certainly makes the experience even more joyous, yet I remain convinced that The Inbetweeners 2 would still work well as a standalone film, for those minds left unadulterated. It is quite simply the funniest film in a long time, zinging along with verve and affection for its infamous ship of fools.
The Inbetweeners 2 is out now in the UK. Running time 96 mins. Certificate 15 (UK).
Review by David Rank