Where to begin… I went in to this film with such high expectations considering how incredible the first Inbetweeners film had been, and so part of me guessed that with these writers at the helm, only good would come of it…but sadly I was so wrong.
I know that to follow a high successful and critically acclaimed TV series and record-breaking box-office film is a tall order, even for the most talented to comic writers, but isn’t that why we have the saying ‘quite while you’re ahead’?
And they really should have. The story picks up a year or two after their epic, life-changing trip to Malia, one of the many party capitals to the world, and with Simon (Joe Thomas) and Will (Simon Bird) away at university, and Neil (Blake Harrison) working in a bank of all places, Jay (James Buckley) has jetted off to Australia for his version of a gap year.
Now life will never go smoothly for this trouble-magnet foursome because let’s face it, it would be pretty boring if it did, so of course Uni life for Will is pretty much exactly the same as it was at school. Friends seem to repel him and his only salvation from it all is the weekend visit from Simon and Neil, yet not even that goes according to plan.
So after receiving a long-distance email from Jay over in Oz, an email that promises girls, booze, nightclubs, and a whole lot of other Jay related perks, the trio decide to a trip to Australia is just what they need, especially Simon, who’s girlfriend, Lucy, who you’ll remember from Malia, has turned out to be somewhat psychotic.
And so the adventure down-under begins, but of course there’s no way it’s going to run smoothly, especially when these four are involved.
For all intensive purposes this film has it’s moments, but there’s no point writing a sequel to a British Classic unless it’s going to be even better then the original, which sadly The Inbetweeners 2 was not…not even close.
Now I would never recommend not seeing a film, especially as it’s important to support British cinema in an age where digital piracy runs rife, but if like me you’re a massive fan of The Inbetweeners, go in with no expectations of an even better outing than the last, and perhaps the disappointment will be less heart-breaking.