If you’re a fan of British humour and the Inbetweeners TV series, this is for you! Following on from the first movie, the boys are back and taking over Australia. We follow Will, Jay, Simon and Neil as they get themselves in and out of trouble in the outback. I found the sequel better than the first movie, perhaps because we saw the boys in a completely foreign environment, even though the same type of humour was used, this movie seemed fresher and the boys’ personalities have grown ever so slightly (I’m talking about Jay). Will retains his dry and sarcastic wit, Simon is still a whinger and Neil still doesn’t have a clue, but that’s why we love them!This movie focuses a little more on Jay’s development, he is essentially still the same person (a compulsive liar) but we realise he has feelings! He is willing to do whatever it takes to win the love of his life back, even if it means crossing the outback to find her. Jay can’t do it alone and enlists the help of his friends who have their own ulterior motives to ‘get the girl’ in Will’s case and getting rid of the girl in Simon’s. Neil is still interested in older women, so some things never change. Ultimately their experiences prove that their bond of friendship is strong and they will do anything for each other (I mean ANYTHING).
We see a few familiar faces along the way, the boys parents all show up. The constant references to Will’s ‘fit mother’ are made and we have a big surprise at the end of the movie involving a guest appearance from the TV series. Lucy and Jane from the first movie are back as well driving Simon and Jay crazy in very different ways. We cannot ignore the stereotypes present including Jay’s outback Aussie uncle and the English backpackers the boys meet along their journey. It was all a bit of fun and interesting to see how the boys perceive Australians. It was rare to have a quiet moment in the theatre, someone was always laughing at something.
As an aspiring filmmaker, there were only a few shots and techniques that stood out to me. My favourite scene was when the boys are driving in the outback, using multiple screens to show the mayhem. The acting is on point and stays true to the characters we met a few years ago. I think the acting and the script are the film’s strongest aspects. This film was made purely for entertaining the loyal fans.
Ultimately the movie will be successful because of its fan base. I am a fan of the series so the movie had me in stitches every few minutes. If you’ve never seen The Inbetweeners before, I recommend checking out the series and the first movie before watching this because the consistent innuendo and raw type of humour is not everybody’s cup of tea. I would rate this a 3.5/5