CINEMA REVIEW: The Inbetweeners 2 (15)

The Inbetweeners 2
The Inbetweeners 2

The Standard’s resident film reviewer Gavin Miller takes a look at the latest film from The Inbetweeners.

This sequel to 2011’s breakout box-office smash proves to be another enjoyable jaunt that teens and 20-somethings will undoubtedly need to see as a cinematic ‘badge of honour’.

After their Crete-based holiday exploits, geeky Will (Simon Bird) is friend-less at Bristol uni, dopey Neil (Blake Harrison) is, well Neil, and unlucky-in-love Simon (Joe Thomas) has shacked up with his ‘psychotic’ girlfriend Lucy (Tamla Kari) at student digs in Sheffield.

Fortunately Jay (James Buckley) is a world-class DJ at one of Australia’s hottest clubs – leading to his three old buddies to join him in Oz. Except we all know he’s a ‘dreamer’ and he may just have been telling one or two ‘fibs’.

Fortunately female-repellent Will is thrown a romantic lifeline as he bumps into attractive childhood friend Katie (Emily Berrington).

Despite an ending which runs out of steam this is pretty decent comedy fair – of course in an extremely crude fashion that some older cinema-goers may find a touch too much – despite lacking the surprising ‘wow’ factor that the first film had for newbies to the series.

Fortunately some tear-inducing moments from Jay’s Peter Andre-branded car, Will’s guitar solo, and the coup de grace, the water-park movie-stealing scene from Splash Planet. One thing’s for sure, after this you’ll be looking behind you to see what’s following you the next time you go down a water slide