The Inbetweeners Movie

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Teen vacation movie has tons of sex and scatological humor.
  • R
  • 2012
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

After a two-week vacation filled with over-the-top behavior, the characters learn tolerance and empathy toward one another and others. That said, there are also many jokes at the expense of often-targeted groups, including overweight people, older women, and even little people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The four main characters have potty mouths, sex on the brain, and a tendency to drink too much. But they're genuinely good souls who find that trying to be bad doesn't quite suit them. Their own, normal, good selves win the day. Also, they learn lessons of tolerance and empathy for one another and toward others.

Violence

Two of the friends fight in one scene, though it turns into a pathetic sort of grappling rather than anything violent. A bully picks on the heroes in various scenes; in one, he shoves one of the heroes and puts hands on his neck. One of the main characters attacks a young boy who's bothering him. Some arguing, shouting, etc.

Sex

Several occurrences of brief full-frontal male nudity. One character, a nightclub performer, can apparently do "self-fellatio." One female character is seen naked from behind. Male and female characters remove their clothes fairly often, but in most cases, nothing is actually shown. One character is seen "sexy" dancing with various older women, burying his face in cleavage, and with his hand inside women's underwear. A character begins an Internet sex session that's interrupted. Many characters are seen kissing or in various acts of foreplay. Characters have sex on the brain throughout; the movie is loaded with wall-to-wall sex talk, innuendo, and images (like drawings of penises).

Language

Language is constant, mostly in terms of sexual innuendo, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "t--t," "snatch," and a number of strong English slang words (like "gash," "vag," etc.).

Consumerism

One quick shot of a Kellogg's Frosted Flakes box.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Though the actors are clearly older, they're playing high school graduates of about 18. They drink almost constantly throughout the movie. Many characters are shown drunk, passed out, or throwing up. One character, a bully, is shown snorting cocaine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Inbetweeners Movie is a British comedy based on a successful TV series. There's tons of scatological humor and sexual content as four recent high school graduates go on vacation in Crete with the main goal of getting drunk and meeting women. There's brief full-frontal male nudity, kissing, and sexual situations, as well as constant sex talk, innuendo, and language ("f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and other offensive slang words). The friends fight a bit among themselves, a bully picks on them, and one friend attacks a young boy who's bothering him. Drinking is also an issue; though the actors are clearly much older, they're intended to be playing 18-year-olds and are seen drinking, drunk, throwing up, and passing out.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySpike G. March 29, 2018

I saw this just last night, and it is quite raunchy in a European way.

(The content labels are not for too much anything.) You see, unlike America, when a movie like this is broadcast at 9:30 on normal television, Australia keeps t... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 22, 2013

12

Contains strong language and strong sex.
Teen, 13 years old Written byemcfa3000 May 27, 2013

MMWEEAH

Not as good as the series. I probably watched it too young didn't influence me or anything, but other kids might find it too inappropriate. To be honest yo... Continue reading

What's the story?

Will McKenzie (Simon Bird), who narrates, tells the story of a two-week summer vacation with his best friends Jay (James Buckley), Neil (Blake Harrison), and Simon (Joe Thomas) following their high school graduation. Their entire goal is to have sex and get drunk, but things start to go wrong when their hotel looks more like a war zone and they wind up in the worst bar on the beach. And things go from bad to worse, partly through bad luck and partly through the characters' own stupidity. Can their friendship stand the strain of a vacation, can they learn a little something, and -- if all goes well -- will they maybe even meet a few nice girls?

Is it any good?

And after an entire movie, the same kinds of raunchy jokes repeated again and again can get very tiresome. Ben Palmer, a director on the UK's Inbetweeners TV series, makes his big-screen debut with THE INBETWEENERS MOVIE. Perhaps realizing that 90 minutes' worth of jokes about sex, penises, and feces wasn't going to be enough, he and writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley decided on some character development to fill things out. Unfortunately, since the characters are mostly stupid and rather thinly drawn, that didn't help much.

On the plus side, the characters are harmless, and they do seem to have a genuine camaraderie. And there are even a few honest-to-goodness laughs. Mostly, though, the movie ranges from mildly amusing to annoying, especially when the jokes arrive at the expense of fat girls, older women, and even little people.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how The Inbetweeners Movie depicts sex. The characters seem to want it without really knowing much about. Why is this disparity funny? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

  • Why do you think these characters are so interested in drinking and getting drunk? Are there any realistic consequences for their drinking/partying?

  • Various body types (both boys and girls) are on display in this movie. What does the movie have to say about body types that don't conform to standard "ideals"?

  • How do the main characters deal with the movie's bully? Would there have been a better option?

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