A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship is a key theme to the movie. Although played for laughs, much of the behavior on display is crude, vulgar, and unpleasant with some misogynistic, homophobic, and xenophobic attitudes shown.
Positive Role Models
The four boys do talk about their feelings openly, and show vulnerability between themselves, learning from each other in the process. However, they often display derogatory behavior toward women while they also come out with comments that body shame and are homophobic. Jay slaps a girl's backside, and they openly stare at, and discuss Will's mother's breasts. There are jokes made about "ladyboys," and overweight people, while Jay is referred to as a "chubby chaser." Neil's dad is called "bent," meant as a homophobic slur. Will is embarrassed of his friends and is willing to disown them in a bid to impress others, but soon realizes they are his pack.
All leading characters are White and there is little by way of diversity amongst the supporting cast. Women characters are often objectified and seen solely as people to have sex with. Reference to Asians being clever, which plays up to stereotypes. Jokes are made at the expense of the LGBTQ+ community and there is also some body shaming. There is a scene when cultural appropriation is called out, when a character pokes fun at a White man for having dreadlocks. A xenophobic and misogynistic character is clearly portrayed as being an unpleasant person.
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Violence & Scariness
A parent warns their child about the risk of "gang rape." Other references include a character claiming a friend is self-harming. Character feeds a burger to a dolphin that kills the animal. There is a scene where a character's excrement flies into the face of another, causing the victim to vomit in a swimming pool. After a character is wrongly accused of being a pedophile, a group of parents try to drown them in a swimming pool. They are later shown with bruises to the face. During the closing credits, characters are shown shooting guns on a firing range.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Countless sexual references, which are at times incredibly graphic. There are discussions about acts such as "fingering" and "anal." There is one glimpse of a blurred out penis and later on we see another penis urinating over the face of another. Brief glimpse of someone's breasts. Simulated sex during a dream sequence, which also has a collection of people giving a character oral sex beneath the sheets. There is a scene where a dog is seen licking a character's testicles. While two characters are making out, one allows the other to put their hands down their pants. Some nudity from behind.
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The swearing is constant throughout the movie and overstated in its vulgarity. The word "f--k" is frequent, as are words with sexual connotations such as "pr--k," "p---y," and "twat." Other crude language includes "gash," "wank," "punani," and "bellend." The characters describe sexual acts in graphic ways, such as "up the s--tter" and ejaculating on faces. A character is called a "slut" and a "whore." The term "pikey" is used when describing a traveler. Characters use the word "retard" on more than one occasion, and another says "spazzy," both of which are derogatory terms for people living with mental and physical disabilities. The word "c--t" is used on two occasions. Also homophobic, misogynistic, and xenophobic comments made.
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Products & Purchases
A character claims to be living in a mansion and running a nightclub, but this is shown to be a lie. Characters travel from the U.K. to Australia for an extended vacation.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen drinking beer in a bar. In one scene a character is smoking marijuana and offers it to a group of others and one of them decides to have some.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Inbetweeners 2 is a hugely crass and vulgar British comedy, very much in-line with the tone of the original TV series. This time the four friends -- Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Neil (Blake Harrison), and Jay (James Buckley) -- land themselves in Australia where their sexual libidos show no signs of cooling. Though there are plenty of sexual references and strong language, they are always used in a comic context, with the jokes always on the characters. The way they perceive all women to be objects of sexual desire is something that film is aware of, and ridicules them for. There are some positives themes, such as the strength in friendship and being yourself. But there are scenes that feature body shaming, stereotypes, and xenophobic attitudes. The sexual references are crude and incredibly frequent with some scenes of a sexual nature. Breasts, penises and testicles are all on display. Scenes include a character urinating on someone, a character's excrement hitting someone in the face, and a dog licking a character's testicles. There are hundreds of swear words, including two uses of "c--t." Terms such as "retard" and "spazzy" -- both derogatory names for people living with mental and physical disabilities -- can also be heard. In one scene a woman offers a character a marijuana joint and he proceeds to smoke it. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This British comedy sequel is a rare thing in that it's a TV sitcom that's ben turned into a movie and actually worked. The Inbetweeners 2 won't be for everyone, but following on from the first movie, which also found its place amongst fans of the original TV series, the crude humor seamlessly transitions from small to big screen. This time Will, Simon, Neil, and Jay have swapped sunny Spain -- the destination in the first movie -- for a trip to Australia. But despite the change in scenery, the tonality and essence of what made this comedy series so popular, is there for all to see.
When you feel so comfortable in the company of a group of characters, you're happy just to spend a little more time alongside them. This is especially true when such time is so limited. After all, there's only so long these actors can get away with playing young adults still in education. Above anything else, this film is funny, and consistently so. There's more than enough jokes about poo and penises to ensure fans are in their comfort zone, while the foursome's friendships provide a sense of comforting familiarity.
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