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Movie review: Actor Simon Bird makes 'The Inbetweeners'

Posted 8:52am on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

R (strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, strong language, alcohol, brief drug use); 96 min.

The Inbetweeners, a big-screen blowup of the popular British TV series about a quartet of hapless high-schoolers, is basically just another bawdy spring break movie -- with an accent.

The film is only slightly more boorish than the racy cult hit that was on TV and would probably not be worth the celluloid expended were it not for the bookish, brainy Will McKenzie (Simon Bird). He is the prudish charmer of the bunch and the glue that holds this foursome together as he tut-tut-tuts his way around a bikini-and-boozy hot spot on Crete where they've come to celebrate the end of high school.

If there is a guiding principle at work here, it boils down to how rude and raunchy things can get as the guys' friendship is tested by their desperate bid to find someone, anyone, to have sex with. The creative minds behind the big-screen misadventure have certainly outdone themselves on the gross-out scale, as every bodily function is explored and exposed in vivid detail.

Remarkably, girls do come into play as more than just babes to bed. They are a very likable crew led by Alison (Laura Haddock), the impossibly beautiful blonde who is also impossibly smart.

Their tart, smart give-and-take is not only clever but also falls into the film's socially redeeming category, which is definitely on the light side.

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-- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

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