From TV show to fully fledged feature film:
The Inbetweeners is back for its final send off on the big screen
“The Inbetweeners Movie”, directed by Ben Palmer, concludes the group’s final stages as teenagers by going on a “lad’s holiday” to Crete. After finishing their A level exams in school, they are now at the brink of their youth breaking in to manhood, which is cleverly captured by the central tagline of the film, stating “this summer four boys become men”.
Yet while the movie hits this summer, audiences will be able to enjoy onscreen, for what is believed the last time the groups great spontaneity in behaviour and, let’s face it, extraordinarily true to life and embarrassing moments most teenagers have experienced somewhere in the build up to their most significant and critical stages of adolescence.
The movie sees the four lads finishing their time at Rudge Park Comprehensive to now go off on holiday to bring the group together for one final time. By finishing the series off with a feature film, the boys antics are to be expected to be on a much wider and daring scale than the platform TV series on Channel 4.
Having chosen the holiday destination as Malia, the film presents the characters in much more wittier, cringe fested and sexually ruder scenes which revolves around a new group of females.
However the stepping up of the format to feature film is what provides the conclusive “coming of age” period with the group, as they are now growing in to men and parting their ways for the next stages of their lives.
The film certainly does provide for a perfect send-off for the sitcom, concluding with a bitter-sweet ending for the series as a whole. It is the film which sees to allow the group in parting their ways for the next step of their lives – University.
As director Ben Palmer and the cast came to the end of producing the film, it was reported by ‘Gigwise” they found the experience to be “more of a sentimental feel that the series never had and was something they had never allowed sentimentally in the show apart from the final episode”.
It is the unfolding of events when watching the film which will certainly appear to shut what many film critics had even speculated prior to the film being shot. This was inevitably the view that for a highly successful TV series to be adapted in to a feature length film would be considered a seriously risky decision on the productions team part at Bwark studios. Prime examples for comparison include the TV based characters concocted by Sacha Baron Cohen, who turned Ali G and Borat in to feature films. Another example includes the movie released in 2000 called “Kevin & Perry Go Large”, based primarily on the Harry Enfield sitcom show revolving around the character called Kevin the teenager, known for his energetic behaviour and irritating catchphrases. The film sees Kevin and his friend Perry on a holiday in Ibiza, with the sole quest of both losing their virginity and finding the girls on offer. Although the film gained critical success at the box office, generating £10 million, fans and critics of the Perry TV series were largely disappointed at the result.
As Palmer being the director of the Inbetweeners movie, he has exclaimed his views in a Telegraph online article of being “painfully aware that a strong television property does not guarantee a well-received movie”, he has hit back at those claiming the film will be a repeat of such movies typecast like Kevin and Perry.
“We have characters who live in a real world as opposed to a character that worked brilliantly in a comic sketch and needed stretching out. I’ve never seen Kevin & Perry, but I should imagine they are very different movies.”
However, it is the Inbetweeners film that is now seen as a curtain call on the series. Beesley believes the movie “is like a full stop in a period of their lives. We wrote about a period when you are officially adults but are treated like children and that comes to an end here for the boys. “As it stands, I think the film does complete the journey they’ve been on”.
Still, for those who have enjoyed the Inbetweeners from the TV series originally will not miss out on watching the film. It is undoubtedly the ultimate and conclusive finale for Will, Jay, Neil and Simon as they come full circle. This comes with what the fans of the show would expect, with plenty of filled moments of embarrassment, comedy, emotion, action and cringe-feasted situations for all to bare.
The Inbetweeners Movie is now in cinemas nationwide (UK)
Release Date: 17th August 2011
To view the trailer for the film –