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The Inbetweeners Movie - do we need a sequel?

22nd August 2012
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A sequel is always a tough call for any successful writer to make. Rocky, The Godfather, Indiana Jones; these are just a few examples of where once great titles have fallen victim to disappointing follow ups. It seems a fate undeservedly befallen on some of the best films ever made. It can either make or break you.

Inbetweeners

I’ll be honest. When I first heard news that the Inbetweeners franchise was to add another film to its roster, I let out a slight groan; here we go again. Don’t get me wrong, I am and always will be a huge fan of the television series. However, one of the main reasons it maintained its charm is because they didn’t over do it. Sticking to three series was just about right.

The first film from creators Damon Beesley and Ian Morris was hugely successful, with Jay, Will, Simon and Neils' lad’s holiday to Malia. It kept to the silly, relatable, very British humour which made the series so popular in the first place. The question is, though, do we need any more?

The story left off at the end of sixth form and with each of the characters going their own ways, which really spelt out the end. So where next?  One of the rumours flying about is that the four will reunite for Neil’s stag do, which could go either way. The series has always been about four teenage friends on a failing quest to be cool and if this is going to plot, seeing them grown up and matured doesn’t really seem to tie in with that. The creators stuck to the same formula for the third television series and the first film and it worked. Like they say, if it ain’t broken don’t fix it. The thing I’m afraid of is that they’re trying for too much of a good thing.

The franchise is being talked about as the UK’s equivalent of American Pie, which as many will understand, doesn’t really help its case. That series was like a steadily sinking ship, where after two really good films, the characters grew up, got swapped out for new ones and it was never quite the same.  The last thing I want to see is an Inbetweeners 5 released straight to DVD.

I have every hope that the new film will be hugely successful and just as good, if not, better than the series so far. However, following up such a popular and beloved series is a very big ask.

If one thing is for sure, though, it can’t be as bad as the US version.




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