Inbetweeners 2 (2014)
Being an unashamed fan of the series and the first movie, I worried for this sequel in thinking that the format may well have already gone the distance and that a second feature length movie would prove to be a bridge too far for the now visibly older quartet of leads whose characters have grown little in the six years since first airing on E4 in 2008.
This time the lads have swapped a holiday in Malia for backpacking in Australia, and for the opening half hour or so the sun truly did seem to be setting upon the formula here as this time is predominantly spent regurgitating old gags from the show whilst diligently setting the scene for the upcoming shenanigans. Unfortunately, laughs seemed rather hard to come by at this point.
When the boys get properly on the road though, whilst the jokes don't get any more original to the series particularly, they certainly get quite a bit more funny. The gross-out gags hit the mark and the chemistry on-screen improves beyond earlier lip-service as the script becomes a little less forced and more enjoyable.
Due to the format taking the strain as the characters have grown older, that the film never quite achieves the same impact as that of the original series should come as no surprise. Nevertheless this isn't a bad swansong, and one which does feel somewhat deserved. After an awkward start, the missus and I were laughing along by the end and each agreed that we enjoyed it, which is about all you can expect for a second feature length outing based upon a throwaway 20min sit-com concerning the antics of four suburban high-school teens from 2008.
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