Our friends out at Lionsgate sent out another something special for us to review, specifically, a copy of “The Inbetweeners Movie”. Though this one will be frequently cringe-inducing and have more facepalms than a discussion of Internet memes, it will still manage to sort itself out and do well by the end.
“The Inbetweeners Movie” follows four best friends–Will, Simon, Neil and Jay–as they set out from their home in England to go to an exotic Greek isle for summer vacation. Yes, our four friends are high school boys, and for those of you who remember being a high school boy, remember dating a high school boy, or actually having a high school boy of your own, you have a pretty fair idea of what will be constantly running through their minds when they go to this Greek isle. Naturally, it doesn’t take long for the boys to discover that they’re in wildly over their heads, but the four vow to stick together come hell, high water or binge drinking and thus set out to make their dreams of manic debauch come true.
The movie itself is actually based on the British television series, so for those who already enjoy the series you’re likely to have a good time here. Meanwhile, there are plenty of comparisons between this and the “American Pie” series, and given that this too is a teenage sex comedy, it’s not entirely unfair. Of course, a look at the difference between a British teenage sex comedy and its American equivalent will show plenty of differences. For instance, by way of comparison, even a British teenage sex comedy manages to be a bit more cerebral. I say “a bit” here, of course, because it’s a very minor improvement, mostly owing to a bit more subtlety in the jokes, occasionally. For those who like their humor in the straight-up gross-out level, don’t worry. Let me put it this way, so I can say it without spoilering and still keeping things reasonably family-friendly: what “American Pie” did for pies, “The Inbetweeners” will do for ham. Shaved, deli ham.
The worst part is, I’m not joking.
As should be expected from this sort of movie, it’s jammed so full of awkwardness it should come with a picture of somebody facepalming. It’s one long string of awkward and unpleasant that’s funny, but often only in a malicious sort of way. I actually feel bad for laughing at these poor schmucks who are just entirely too awkward for their own good. Thankfully, things will end much better overall–much, much better–but still, for that first hour or so, it’s going to be pretty much non-stop facepalming and cries of “Oh you stupid (insert your favorite derogatory term here)”.
As for extra features, you’ll have, as is commonly found, your choice of English or Spanish subtitles. Additionally, there will be a commentary track, a making-of featurette, a slate of deleted scenes and an array of bloopers as well as a featurette entitled “Joe Thomas: Dangerman”. Plus, there will be a set of trailers for “The Inbetweeners”, “Mancation”, “Answer This!”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”, “Blue Mountain State”, and of course, a preview for the Epix channel.
“The Inbetweeners Movie” is much like high school. Awkward, regularly disturbing, with a few good memories thrown in. It’s also generally much better toward the end than it could have hoped to be in the beginning. But still, for those of you who want a crazy sex comedy with a happy ending–literally, not metaphorically–you’ll do just fine here indeed.