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INBETWEENERS 2, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Will (Simon Bird), Ben (Freddie Stroma) and Simon (Joe Thomas) decide to venture to Australia to see Jay (James Buckley), who appears to be riding the wave of success with the ladies Down Under.

Review by Louise Keller:
It's hard to imagine a more lowbrow brand of humour, with its excess of male genitalia, crude language and excrement jokes, yet there is an endearing element regarding these puerile juveniles as they venture Down Under for a new adventure. Writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris (who are also directing this time) probably had fun over pots of English tea, dredging up inane material for the movie sequel of the 2011 film and popular TV series, and for the fans, there is a bucket of low-lights from which to choose. Sex is high on the agenda, but needless to say, none of the gauche central characters score on their travels.

The film takes a while to get going, beginning with a silly establishment skit involving Will (Simon Bird) with pals Ben (Freddie Stroma) and Simon (Joe Thomas), who make a fool of themselves dressing up as Harry Potter and gang. Lured by the promise that Australia is the Sex Capital of the world - according to Jay (James Buckley) who boasts of his new successful lifestyle Down Under as a DJ nicknamed Big Penis - the boys set off as if in a wet dream. None of this is funny, by the way. An uncredited David Field brings true Aussie flavor as Jay's down-to-earth uncle, who is more or less the only local voice of authenticity.

There are some laughs involving Simon's Skype relationship with his insecure, possessive English girlfriend Lucy (Tamla Cari) back home; there is a running joke involving Will's buxom mother (Belinda Stewart-Wilson) and the flirtation between Will and groupie Katie (Emily Berrington) has its moments (Blake Harrison's dreadlocked guitar-playing hippie is flexing his muscles in the background). After a brief interlude in Sydney and Byron Bay, the film's low-light moment comes at the water park, where Simon's irritable bowel syndrome comes to the fore in an explosive, unforgettable sequence. Laughter, disbelief, embarrassment and cringe are the emotions felt.

Stranded in the Australian desert without water is another gross-out opportunity, although it must be said that there is genuine affection with which the filmmakers portray their characters and as a consequence, the level of offence is lessened to some degree. It is the smattering of innocence about the smutty nature of the humour that allows the most vulgar depiction (like a dog with an active tongue) to be accepted on terms in which it is delivered.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

THE INBETWEENERS 2 (MA15+)
(UK, 2014)

CAST: Freddie Stroma, Tamia Kari, Emily Berrington, Simon Bird, James Buckley

PRODUCER: Spencer Millman

DIRECTOR: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris

SCRIPT: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ben Wheeler

EDITOR: William Webb

MUSIC: David Arnold, Michael Price

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Richard Bullock

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 21, 2014







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