The Inbetweeners 2

The loser lads from E4’s cult comedy series head Down Under for the inevitable sequel to 2011’s big-screen spin-off, a runaway hit that broke box-office records to become the UK’s biggest grossing comedy of all time. Follow-up The Inbetweeners 2 duly went to number one, too, but the ringing box-office tills couldn’t drown the sound of the bottom of the barrel being scraped.

The first film dispatched the four friends on a holiday to the Greek islands; its successor sends them somewhat further afield. Sex-obsessed Jay (James Buckley) is enjoying a gap year in Australia and manages to entice his pals to join him with his tall tales of living the high life.

The Inbetweeners 2

Not that they need much enticement. Swotty Will (Simon Bird) needs a break from his friendless university existence, henpecked Simon (Joe Thomas) wants to escape his clingy girlfriend and gormless Neil (Blake Harrison) hopes to fulfil his idiotic dream of becoming a dolphin trainer.

That Australia is the setting for their ensuing japes is almost irrelevant as what follows is basically a stream of pee, poo and puke jokes repeated ad nauseam. One or two of the film’s comic sequences do work – the scene where Will serenades posh girl Katie (Emily Berrington) with an embarrassing campfire rendition of the Ewan MacColl classic ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ is toe-curlingly funny and some of the satirical digs at trustafarian backbackers with dreadlocks and double-barrelled surnames hit the target.

But whereas the TV series peeled back the friends’ puerility to reveal an essential sweetness, at feature-length their antics are simply crass.

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Certificate 15. Runtime 92 mins. Directors Iain Morris,Damon Beesley.

Showing on Sky Movies Premiere at 8pm tonight