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The Inbetweeners 2 | The Clapper Bored

The Inbetweeners 2

A second Inbetweeners movie was green-lit the moment the first film broke the record for a British comedy. It makes financial success, and there are clearly legions of fans for these four awkward in-betweens. Of course, as they get older, they get less ‘in-between’, and now we have a situation where 4 grown adults are pretending to be just out of school. But, suspending disbelief for a moment, that set-up allows us to jet off to Australia for an incisive parody of… gap years. I’ve never watched the show (except about two minutes where the lanky one punches a fish), so please take my review with a pinch of salt, BUT:

Is shitting in someone’s face funny? However operatically delivered, the fundamental joke of that sequence is ‘shit in face is funny’. And I’m not sure it is. Just as I’m not sure that ‘piss in face is funny’. Obviously, the humour is not hiding from the fact that its juvenile rubbish, but we need to stop pretending that DELIVERS EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN is some sort of badge of honour. The Scouts don’t have a badge in face-shitting for a reason.

The Inbetweeners 2 will appeal to people who think that a good comedy is a good comedy so long as it makes you laugh, regardless of its other faults and merits. Sadly, the reality is that the film is cheap, easy and televisual. It’s all delivered with gusto, and clearly the 4 characters (who could be called Spock, Kirk, Sulu and Frodo for all I know) have shown some sort of basic-as-sin emotional growth. But to act like that cuts to the core of ‘male friendship’ is reductive: men can be friends, we all know that, and we also know that we’re not always nice or supportive to our friends. But the money shots of The Inbetweeners 2 come with the shit and the piss and the vomit and the rape jokes and the idiot women and the racist Aussies and the masturbation. The fact that it also acknowledges a simple, simple truth about men is nothing to be applauded when the rest of the truths are delivered via bodily functions.


Title: The Inbetweeners 2
Directors: Damon Beesley and Iain Morris
Starring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas
Running time: 90 mins or 100 or so
Certificate: 15

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