The Inbetweeners 2 - reviews of hit Brit comedy sequel

Aug 8, 2014

Follow-up to record-breaking gross-out comedy is 'hysterically funny', say critics

What you need to know

British comedy sequel The Inbetweeners 2 has opened in UK cinemas. The follow-up to the hit TV spinoff The Inbetweeners is written and directed by the series writers and creators Damon Beesley and Iain Morris.

The Inbetweeners 2 is mostly set in Australia, where Jay is having a sun and sex drenched gap year. His old school friends Neil, Will and Simon fly out to meet him but soon discover his claims to a playboy lifestyle have been exaggerated.

What the critics like

The Inbetweeners 2 is directed with unexpected dash by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, and it's "hysterically funny", says Robbie Collin in the Daily Telegraph. It has an easy self-assurance and gross-out moments staged with the verve and ceremony of an action-movie set-piece.

"The franchise's appeal lies in watching very ordinary boys making prats of themselves," says Mike McCahill in The Guardian. The follow-up to the record-breaking comedy spinoff sees the cast step up and find enough new notes to keep staleness at bay while our hapless heroes remain entertainingly incorrigible.

The Inbetweeners 2 is "a real contender for the year's funniest film", says in Empire. If this is to be their swansong – they're getting a bit too old to be inbetween anything - then it's a fine note on which to end.

What they don't like

"The cliches about Australia are trotted out in a way that might make even Barry Mackenzie blush," says Geoffrey McNab in The Independent. No pun is too crude and some of the ideas are feeble, but for every dud scene, there are always one or two that play out perfectly.

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