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Sun, Sea, Sand…… and ham!!

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The Inbetweeners is for my money one of the funniest TV shows currently floating around the schedules at the moment. Granted you would be hard pressed to find it on it’s home station E4 as it plays second fiddle to Friends, Friends, Ugly Betty, Friends and…… oh, yeah Friends. Anyway, the show revolves around four losers, Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Jay (James Buckley). Will moves to a public school after his parents get divorced, a big shock as Will is quite middle class.

For three seasons (well two and a dodgy third), we saw the boys trudge through secondary school in monumentally embarrassing situations, most of which involve the opposite sex. So what do you do when your third series is a bit hit and miss and growing a bit samey-samey? You pack your heroes off on a foreign holiday and turn it into a film!

And that is exactly what the writers Damien Beesley, Iain Morris and Series 2 director Ben Palmer have done here. I know what you’re thinking. Oh, god it’ll be like Carry On Up the C*****, or Are You Being Served the Movie. Relax, dear reader your fears are unfounded. From the opening shot of Jay, in a compromising position with a webcam, a snorkel mask, latex glove and a packet of ham I laughed out loudly… Then I laughed again. This is just one of the hilarious set-ups they find themselves falling victim to in Magaluf.

That’s right, Jay’s granddad has died, and done left him an inheritance and he’s brought his mates on a foreign holiday. As suspected, there are women on the horizon. Well, in Simon’s case just the one, Carly Di Marco (the wagon). The boys fall in with four girls in the saddest nightclub in the city and they keep bumping into them throughout the movie.

Surprisingly, these recurring meetings give the film an unexpected emotional undercurrent that actually works really well, with Jay having the biggest character arc in the movie. They also make for some hilarious set pieces, my personal favourite being the rolled up €20 making an appearance from Jay’s body and being used as a drug accessory.

I was very, very weary when I heard about the film, the first thoughts that entered my head? “Cash in…. this is going to suck… worse than the third series….. they’re going abroad? Uuuuggghhh!!!” I eat my words. One of the funniest, laugh out loud films I have seen in the cinema in a long, long time. Far better than The Hangover 2, and demonstrates that all television shows do not have to fall apart when being transported to the big screen. Which reminds me, I’m still waiting to seek funding for my own TV spinoff, Glenroe: Blackie in Space! Keep your eyes peeled!!

 

4 / 5

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Written by thepanch

September 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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