Mention the name Will and you’ll instantly conjure up an image of the nation’s favourite ‘briefcase wanker.’ Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison have enjoyed enormous success alongside the geeky Simon Bird in ‘The Inbetweeners’ since 2008, and their fame has reached a new height after their move to the silver screen.
After we thought we’d bid a final farewell to Rudge Park School’s biggest losers, writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley made myself, and thousands of other teenagers across the country, very happy by agreeing to write a feature film.
The film, titled ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’, sees the foursome experience their first ever ‘lads holiday’ after Simon (Thomas) is dumped by the love of his life, cold-hearted Carli D’Amato (Emily Head). Fast forward a few weeks post-leaving school (and after the death of Jay’s grandfather), the ‘Pussay Patrol’ (pink t-shirts with offensive slogans and all) embarks on a tour of Malia’s attractions, but all Jay (Buckley) is interested in is the clunge on offer. When Will suggests visiting some old ruins nearby, Neil informs him “you can see that shit anywhere.”
So after having parted with several hundreds of pounds each before landing, the lads arrive at their less-than-spectacular accommodation, where the owner warns them that if they “shit on the floor, you pay €50.” Neil explores the bathroom’s facilities, and points out that there’s a specially designed toilet for babies. (Oh Neil).
After a night out drinking ‘fish bowls’, they come across fellow Brits Laura Haddock (Alison), Tamla Kari (Lucy), Jessica Knappet (Lisa), and Lydia Rose Bewley (Jane), and impress them with their shapes on the dance floor.
However, a dip in the girl’s hotel’s swimming pool takes a turn for the worse when Jay almost drowns an 8-year-old tourist. He tries to appease the boys by buying them all tickets for the boat party, which promises to be the highlight of the holiday, and will provide Simon with an opportunity to win back ex Carli, who also arrives on the island. The only problem is that after a bust-up with Simon, Jay rips up Will and Simon’s tickets.
Neil seems to have found his intellectual match (after coming across a stray ‘kitty’, shall we say, in a nightclub) in Lisa, who shares his favourite saying, “I got ethics.” At one point Neil tells the gang, “I stopped believing in god when I realised it was just dog spelt backwards”.
Unlucky-in-love Will becomes besotted with Alison, a blonde who’s way out of his league. It’s nice to see the pair establish a connection towards the end, but I will not reveal whether his ‘V card’ is swiped for the first time.
In many ways, it recognizes the difficult transition from schoolboy to man, and has certain family values in the sense that they are being reunited for one last time before they go their separate ways. One thought-provoking line came from Jay, who asks his friends “well, what am I going to do?” in despair when his friends are all due to go to university, a feeling all school leavers have experienced.
In conclusion, having taken £26 million in the Box Office to date, it will be a great loss to the British public is a second and final installment is not commissioned.
Rating: a well deserved 4.5/5!