Have you seen Britain’s most successful comedy of all time? If you haven’t been paying attention to the programming on E4 for the past few years, it might surprise you just what that movie is. The Inbetweeners started off as a sitcom on that channel that ran from 2008 to 2010. It was a high school-based comedy that resonated hugely with audiences, probably because it featured the sorts of characters who people relate to most, but who rarely get represented in stories about the teen years—not the absolute dorks whose lives are made miserable, and certainly not the popular kids who rule their schools, but those in between somewhere who anonymously go about their lives without too many people learning their names.
The Inbetweeners Movie is the film in question. It was a 2011 followup to the sitcom, directed by Ben Palmer, that took the four nebbish but sex-obsessed leads from the show, Simon Bird’s uptight Will McKenzie, Joe Thomas’ melodramatic Simon Cooper, James Buckley’s mental Jay Cartwright, and Blake Harrison’s dopey Neil Sutherland, and sent them on a vacation to an exotic locale where they learned a little bit more about women and—of course—got into a number of embarrassing and downright disgusting situations. The film grossed a reported $67 million in the UK and $20 million elsewhere, and was clearly shot on a shoestring budget, so—of course—it’s going to be getting a sequel.
The news comes from Screen Daily, who report that all four leads are going to be back to reprise their roles in another Inbetweeners Movie, which will once again be penned by franchise creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley. They said of this new opportunity, “We couldn’t be more excited to be making another Inbetweeners movie with Simon, Joe, James and Blake. Frankly it’s pathetic how much we’ve all missed each other. A new chapter in the lives of the Inbetweeners feels like the very least we can do to thank the fans for their phenomenal response to the first movie.” The film is currently set for an August 2014 release in theaters across the UK and Ireland.
What do you say, gentle readers? Do we have any fans of the show here? And if so, are you looking forward to another go-around in the form of a film? Or, like our resident curmudgeon, Rob Hunter (Full disclosure: I agree with Mr. Hunter this time, but he’s still a curmudgeon), did you find The Inbetweeners Movie to be a disappointment that set aside what the show had already built in order to cater to the larger audience who wasn’t familiar with what came before? Also, and probably most importantly, would it be better if they got sent to da hood or to space this time?