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There’s never really a lot that you can say about a TV spin-off film and this film is no different. That’s not to say it’s a bad film but essentially this is a 90 minute episode of The Inbetweeners. So if you like The Inbetweeners then this will probably be right up your street.
One interesting trope that this film touches upon is that some scenes flirt with other film genres in the same way that Spaced did. This is most noticeable in the opening scene when you’d be forgiven for thinking you were watching Harry Potter but other scenes also hints at this the climax to the hilarious water park scene reminded me of Jaws for example.
There are a number of hearty laughs throughout the film which does make it worth a watch and let’s face it – that’s why you are going to see this film. The aforementioned water park scene is brilliant from start to finish but one of the highlights is Jay’s email to Neil at the start of the film. The email is visually illustrated by Jay talking directly to the camera and follows all the bullshit lies that he is spouting in his email. So we get to see Jay playing cricket on a beach, living in a mansion and hanging out with Steve Irwin and Hugh ‘Wolverine’ Jackman, shagging endless birds, going Bruce Lee on wild Koalas and head-lining as ‘DJ Big Penis’ in one of Sydney’s premier clubs. The beauty of this scene though is that a lot of it is a continuous take with each lie blending in to one another. It’s a great scene.
We actually get a bit of background as to why Jay is a compulsive liar which makes him slightly more likeable but unfortunately there are very few other likeable characters in the film. Will’s love interest is almost bi-polar, Ben (another traveler they meet) is just a douche, Simon’s girlfriend has turned into a class 10 a-hole and Jay’s uncle is xenophobic, homophobic, sexist you name it.
The usual bad language, put downs and failings to pick up women are a-plenty and the chemistry between all the characters is still, obviously, really strong. However, all of this doesn’t make up for a rather weak plot. Essentially the plot is: they go to Australia – the sex capital of the world. There. Done. All in all it’s worth a watch if you fancy a giggle but it won’t blow your mind.
- For Jay punching koalas
- The water park
- Will’s rant at the other travelers
- If you don’t like the Inbetweeners… obviously
- If you like comedy to be politically correct
- You want to see something different from the first film