Thanks to Roadshow Films Australia, Spotlight Report had the chance to see the hilarious comedy ‘The Inbetweeners 2’ ahead of its Australian cinematic release August 21.This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
‘The Inbetweeners’ is quite a successful franchise having both a long running and successful TV show followed by its first ever movie, which was widely popular. Dare I say, like Anchorman or 21 Jump Street, the idea of this equally loved movie getting the sequel treatment had fans of the franchise sitting at the end of their seats wondering whether or not it will live up to the expectations of the first one.
‘The Inbetweeners 2’ is set in Australia and they make sure the audience knows it from the get go. Amusing Aussie stereotypes are thrown in left, right and centre. From aggressive koalas to trashy bogans to Byron Bay hippies – you name it, it is in it!
The film, directed by Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, begins with Jay (James Buckley) emailing his long time friends Neil (Blake Harrison), Will (Simon Bird) and Simon (Joe Thomas) to tell him how he is living like a king in Australia, with girls, money, and a mansion. Deciding to leave miserable England to go surprise Jay half way across the globe, they are shocked to learn that, unsurprisingly, Jay isn’t living like a king, he isn’t shagging the Minogue sisters despite his claims, and his as wealthy as he makes out to be.
Girl problems, as usual, is the reason for much for their stupid actions. Much of the storyline follows Jay as he makes it his mission to find his ex-girlfriend Jane, who is travelling in Australia. However, along the way Simon accidentally proposes to his crazily clinging girlfriend with the help of Jay’s bogan uncle, Will typically finds himself chasing a girl that is completely out of his league and then there’s Neil, good ol’ Neil, who has his sight on fulfilling his ‘life long’ dream of becoming a dolphin trainer.
Along the way the boys find themselves camping in a two person tent in Jay’s bogan uncle’s front-yard, barfing in a pool filled with people and trapped in the Australian outback. As per usual the boys are their same ol’ selves, and anyone that has seen the show or the first movie will know how hilarious that can be. Extremely exaggerated dramatic scenes in the movie add to the overall humour of the film!
Overall, the film is drama filled humour that will have you laughing hysterically from start to finish. Fans of the cult TV show won’t be disappointed as their favourites Simon, Will, Neil and Jay are reunited on a travelling adventure of a lifetime.
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‘The Inbetweeners 2’ opens 21 August 2014.