August 25, 2011 The
Inbetweeners comes to Burnham's Ritz Cinema
film enthusiast Molly Harding, who was last year nominated for
the national award 'Young Film Critic of the Year', reviews The
Inbetweeners which is now showing at Burnham's Ritz Cinema
in Victoria Street this week...
Weve seen the end of Harry Potter but now its time
to see the end of 'The Inbetweeners'! And what better way go out
than with a 'mental lads holiday' to Malia where 'Four boys become
around the packed showing I could not believe how many fellow
fans of The Inbetweeners there were that were hungry for an hour
and a half of the boys' squirmish, rude and downright embarrassing
antics. I have been excited about the film ever since I heard
it was being made. This was five months ago.
I believe the reason people love The Inbetweeners so much is because
Simon, Neil, Will and Jay represent what teenagehood is actually
like whilst making us cry with laughter and giving us some genius
new catchphrases. The series has always maintained a sense of
realism and events and talk that we all in someway can relate
So, obviously, there's a lot of expectation surrounding the film
and I'm not sure if it quite lived up to mine. It was a consistently
funny and borderline satisfying end to a series that ended quite
abruptly, but perhaps the boys just arent suited to the
big screen. It wasnt the belly laugh-for-laugh fest I was
Unfortunately, the film didnt feel the same as
the series, which was so hilarious and successful it was hard
to understand why they didnt just make another series instead
of a film bulked out with clichés. The problem is that
at times it loses the realism that we all know and love, and replaces
it with everything that the writers must have thought should happen
on a lads holiday rather than what would really happen if The
Inbetweeners went on a lads holiday. It tries too hard and doesnt
flow very well.
Because of the longer running time, it allows time to focus on
friendship and the boys relationships and morals which is good
as technically the gang are now adults and about to go their separate
ways away from the painfully reassuring grounds of Rudge Park.
Bizzarly in the film a usually 'all talk and no trousers' but
harmless Jay goes almost nasty and the hopeless but relatively
'normal' and likable member Simon turns slightly less so by being
self-centred and insensitive.
Malia setting captures the essence of all the tacky awfulness
of teenage holiday resorts; the garish bars and swarmy waiters
and there are some brilliantly crafted moments. A personal favourite
for me was the 'child by the pool' incident and, dont get
me wrong, a whole host of other moments that had most jumping
out of their chairs but left me wondering whether the film really
was a good idea after all.
Despite my opinion of a series over a film, its a film that
has been made which is a funny, awkward and (very) occasionally
tender that explores the true underlying 'fwend'ship that has
always been subtly apparent throughout its four year span.
Its been a pleasure knowing you, boys 3/5
Read more of Molly's regular film reviews on Burnham-On-Sea.com