The Boys Are Back in (Australia) Town – The Inbetweeners 2 (2014)

I’m always up for another vacation.  So this is about everybody’s favorite immature British foursome, Will, Jay, Simon and Neil, reuniting one more time for holiday (as the Brits call it) in Australia.  Now if you aren’t familiar with the Inbetweeners, you should be.  It’s British, but not British in the Monty Python sense, as it has a somewhat Superbad vibe to it.  It’s three seasons, but it’s three U.K. seasons, which totals to only 18 episodes for a very quick watch; you could watch the entire series in an afternoon should you so desire.  And to top it off?  It’s laugh out loud hilarious.

inbetweenersThis is one of those rare instances where you have actors who are approaching 30 and it ISN’T irking to see them portray high schoolers.

I feel like I could copy/paste my review for the first movie here, as this has the same exact peaks and valleys.  Both movies start off strong, but eventually lose steam as the runtime goes on.  Both movies feel stretched, and it’s not difficult to see why; these are characters that thrive in the 30-minute format, but when they are pushed to 90 minutes, their charm can only last so long.  Keeping it short in the standard comedy television show format makes everything gel better because it doesn’t allow these loud characters to overstay their welcome, which makes it flow more naturally.  There are also a couple of scenes that push the envelope too far, and it mostly involves shock humor, which feels both disappointing and unnecessary, because everything else is so much smarter than that.

bridesmaidsI didn’t give a pass when it happened in Bridesmaids, and it’s not happening here, either.

I dig this sense of humor, as it has awkward sensibilities that appeals to me and there were plenty of moments that had me rolling here.  This movie does feel like the next logical step in the progression for these characters, so as a through story, it works.  It’s paced slightly better than the first movie, but not in any way that makes me award additional points.  If you love the series like I do, then I would say this merits a viewing, but if you are just an outsider, you don’t start here, you start with the series.

The Inbetweeners 2 (2014) ***1/2

– Critic for Hire


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