Magazine article Variety

Fun Sequel Boasts Fluid Laffs

Magazine article Variety

Fun Sequel Boasts Fluid Laffs

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Fun Sequel Boasts Fluid Laffs

The Inbetweeners 2

Director: Damon Beesley

Starring: Simon Bird, James Buckley

Following the astonishing $88 million worldwide haul of the 2011 sitcom spinoff "The Inbetweeners Movie" ($71 million of which was grossed in the U.K.), lightning looks ready to strike twice with this more consistently funny sequel. Hardly setting the bar for originality with its fish-out-of-water antics, and even more reliant on nudity and bodily fluids for the big comic setpieces, "The Inbetweeners 2" happily dissolves such lofty concerns in giddy gales of hilarity. The pic should score again wherever fans lurk, notably in Blighty and the Antipodes, with pockets in Germany, Italy and across Europe, scoring rich profits for U.K. broadcaster Channel 4.

Squarely aimed at the millions who are already familiar with these characters, the story picks up six months or so after the events of the first film, with Simon (Joe Thomas) and the genially gormless Neil (Blake Harrison) visiting self-sabotaging geek Will (Simon Bird) at Bristol U. It's readily apparent that Will is having as much trouble fitting in there as he did in high school, while Simon has woes of his own, thanks to the uber-clingy g.f. (Tamla Kari) he inherited from his summer adventure in Mali. Even allowing for his tendency to exaggerate, it appears that wild fantasist Jay (James Buckley) is having a much more congenial time during his gap year in Australia.

Taking advantage of the long spring break offered by English universities, Simon, Neil and Will head for Oz, surprising Jay at the nightclub where he works - in the men's restroom, as it turns out, not the DJ booth. With Jay's accommodations likewise falling far short of what they'd been led to expect - and Will having collided promisingly with pretty traveler Katie (Emily Berrington), whom he knew at elementary school - the wheels are set in motion for fresh adventures in Byron Bay, New South Wales.

Like most successful teen comedies, "The Inbetweeners" works by balancing its lascivious nonsense with a disarming sweetness, and nobody is more of a target for humiliation than the boys themselves. …

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