The Inbetweeners 2, the comedy series’ second foray onto the big screen, shows our fumbling foursome back on reassuringly awkward form.
And with three hugely popular E4 series behind them and the most successful British comedy of all time to their name in their first film, there’s no need to change the discomforting formula here.
Although almost a year has passed since the lads’ holiday to Malia, the four anti-heroes haven’t matured in the slightest. Despite getting a place at Bristol University, Will (Simon Bird) is still chronically uncool and is yet to make any real mates on campus; hapless Simon (Joe Cooper) isn’t faring much better up in Sheffield where he’s lumbered himself with a demanding girlfriend who destroys his hoodies; randy Jay (James Buckley) has moved to Australia but is working in a toilet and sleeping in a tent in his uncle’s garden, and dim-witted Neil (Blake Harrison) has somehow landed a job in the bank but is still as gullible as ever. Fed up with their lives and enticed by Jay’s boastful emails, Will, Simon and Neil decide to surprise him by heading down under for a four-week break.
Gross, puerile and filled with playground gags, The Inbetweeners 2 is everything you’d expect it to be.