Most of us didn’t fit in during high school. While not all of us were total outsiders very few of us could consider ourselves cool. Not quite adults but certainly not children, our teenage years are rife with comedic material. Such is the basis for the hit BBC television series The Inbetweeners, a long running show about four teenage boys trying to figure out what it means to be adults. After four years of high school the boys are ready to graduate and party it up properly in their own movie.
The film follows the exploits of Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison) as they go off on their first unsupervised vacation. “People have enjoyed seeing the relationships between these characters change and grow over the years. Now these four young men are making their way in the world for the first time without adult supervision. They’re in charge of themselves, it’s exciting and possibly a terrifying mess,” explains show co-creator Iain Morris.
The film itself is a great introduction to the group and completely works as a standalone story. There are enough quotable lines within the first 10 minutes to make the movie an instant cult classic. Given the show’s roots on the BBC it also allows the characters to get raunchy enough to put American Pie and Eurotrip to shame. Each of the cast gets their moment to shine as the trip allows them to deal with their own issues and really grow into men. Of course they do it each in their own way, often to hilarious results.
The filmmakers wisely paired them with a group of women, also on holiday. The girls don’t hesitate to call them out when they are acting like idiots and provide a perfect balance for the group. While the women aren’t as fleshed out as they could be they compliment the boys well and the whole cast has fantastic chemistry on screen.
“It really is the finale but just today we started talking about doing a sequel. We need to some thing good enough and we hope the guys are around to do it. For the film’s point of view it is a closing off of the stories for the guys,” notes Morris. Already a success overseas the movie comes out at a key time in American markets. Just as the film marks a potential end for the British series it is being released just in time for the start of the American version of The Inbetweeners that recently aired on MTV.
“The American version is very different because it is very regionally set. We don’t really know what it is like for an American suburban teenager but we sort of handed over the series to them to run with it and as the show goes on it will take on a life of its own. We are executive producers but we stepped back a bit on this one, like Ricky Gervais with The Office,” says Morris.
The Inbetweeners movie represents a rite of passage all best friends eventually take and pulls it off masterfully. Anyone that has ever been a teenage boy or even known one will relate to this film. The movie is sure to be a hit with American audiences hopefully prompting more adventures from the boys on their road to adulthood.
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