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By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 12, 2014

Gross and puerile - no change for The Inbetweeners then.

Gross and puerile - no change for The Inbetweeners then.

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Damon Smith gives his verdict on this week's big cinema release, The Inbetweeners 2.

SOME of the Inbetweeners may have bagged jobs and even found girlfriends but, thankfully, The Inbetweeners 2 shows our fumbling foursome back on reassuringly awkward form.

And, with three hugely popular E4 series behind them and the most successful British comedy film of all time to their name, there's no need to change the discomforting formula here.

A year has passed since their trip to Malia but the four haven't matured.

Despite getting a place at Bristol University, Will (Simon Bird) is still chronically uncool while Simon (Joe Cooper) isn't faring much better up in Sheffield. Randy Jay (James Buckley) has moved to Australia but is working in a toilet and sleeping in a tent in his uncle's garden. And dim-witted Neil (Blake Harrison) has somehow landed a job in the bank.

Enticed by Jay's boastful e-mails about his conquests with the Minogues and five-star lifestyle, Will, Simon and Neil decide to head Down Under.

The gang end up tagging along with Will's prep school classmate, the pretty Katie (Emily Berrington) and head to the traveller paradise of Byron Bay

Will tries to woo her, giving a toe-curling performance on an acoustic guitar and then racing beefed-up love rival Ben (Freddie Stroma) in a stomach-churning water park ride complete with high-octane bodily functions. The "bants" come thick, fast and foul here and each of the four has their own tortuous meltdown.

Gross, puerile and filled with playground gags, The Inbetweeners 2 is everything you would expect it to be.

RATING: 5/10

CERTIFICATE: 15

SHOWING AT: Showcase, Cinema de Lux and Odeon, Derby; Odeon, Swadlincote; Cineworld, Burton.

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