James Buckley


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 Inbetweeners Movie

Continuing a television series onto the big screen with stories and stars intact can be a difficult prospect… just ask Mulder and Scully. There’s no guarantee moviegoers will know, remember or care about what these characters went through on TV, so you’re stuck with an important decision. Do you spend valuable feature time repeating or recreating that backstory, or do you just pick up where the show left off and hope viewers are willing to fill in the blanks? The Inbetweeners Movie is a continuation of the extremely popular UK series that ran for three successful seasons on E4. The show is about a quartet of friends muddling their way through their awkward high school years, and the film starts with their graduation. They decide a celebratory vacation is in order for their last summer together and plan a blowout trip to Spain in the hopes of drinking, dancing and shagging their way into adulthood. Shockingly, the trip doesn’t quite end up like they expected. Sadly, the movie follows suit. Character depth and nuance earned over three seasons on TV is nowhere to be found as all four lead characters seemingly revert back to the utterly clueless and often unlikeable dorks they were in the very first episode. Go into the movie with no knowledge of the show, and these guys are little more than pricks who occasionally get into funny situations. Go into it as a fan of the series, and you risk disappointment that what made the show […]

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published: 01.28.2015
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