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