First there was a TV show. Then there were two more seasons. After that there was a movie, and everyone thought they were done. But does a British comedy with the highest grossing opening weekend in the UK not have a sequel? Of course it does, and here we are with The Inbetweeners 2. What more could they possibly do with these characters? Well, a hec of a lot more than anybody thought.
This time the lads are hitting up Australia. Will and Simon are in University and it’s not full time partying and making tons of new mates like they thought it would be. And god knows what Neil’s been doing. I’m not even sure Neil knows what he’s been doing. Strangely enough, Jay’s been working in Australia on your cliched Brit’s working holiday. It’s Jay’s tendency to fabricate his amazing sex life, and just his life in general, that gives the film it’s more ‘filmicy’ opener. This is also the catalyst for the rest of the film as the lads decide to scrape together some money and go to visit him over Easter break.
Whilst in Sydney, they decide to do a bit of travelling and meet your average clichéd ‘Gap Yaaar’ posh students. You know the kind, the ones that travel the world on daddy’s money. Getting back to nature, praying at Buddhist temples with double barrelled surnames and public school education. Clichéd yes, but funny and genius none the less.
So how does the film compare to the first one? Surprisingly, very well. It draws on many story archs to stop the film becoming one dimensional. It becomes more of a film in its own right than an extended TV episode. Which is primarily where the first film went wrong. They all have their own goals in the film, and there are a few surprises along the way.
And, you’ll be pleased to know, plenty of laughs. And crude laughs. There’s one moment in the film where they go to a water park (I won’t spoil it, in fact I don’t think I could talk about it) and I just had to cover my eyes the whole way through to stop myself from gagging. It was so gross and so funny. It was never going to reach the amazing dizzy heights of the series, but it’s definitely worth a watch if you’re feeling blue.
The question is… Considering this one was also a huge success at the box office, will there be a third? We heard the ‘the story has no where else to go’ crack after the first film yet they still managed to produce this one. And, with all of the actors saying that this is definitely the last film, why should we believe them this time around? I think we should all stay tuned. And who knows? Maybe it will only get better.
So, to sum up: Another hilarious romp with the boys back on form, proving that you can stay friends with your high school mates even when you all go off to Uni. And doing so makes a damn good, easy watching film.
Other films you may enjoy: Of course there’s always the vastly inferior prequel The Inbetweeners Movie (2011) but in my opinion still provides the laughs. Otherwise, I’d go for Shaun of the Dead (2004) and it’s sequel Hot Fuzz (2007) for stupidly hilarious and brilliant modern British comedy.
If you’re a fan of film reviews, you might want to read about why Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2003) is the best in the series, and my close scene analysis of Lost in Translation.