The Inbetweeners 2 (2014) Directors: Damon Beesley and Iain Morris (15)

If laughing at a giant poo on a water slide and a dead dolphin is up your street, The Inbetweeners 2 is the perfect film for you. The TV series was brilliant and of its time, following four teenage loser lads as they try to get laid and fit in, and the follow on film was kind of okay. Sadly, this one is a bit of a turkey; it raises a smile in some places, but the crude language and gags fail and the comic scenes aren't laugh out loud funny.
Will (Simon Bird) is at university struggling to fit in; his friends Neil (Blake Harrison) and Simon (Joe Thomas) visit for a weekend, and they receive a message from Jay (James Buckley) who is on a gap year in Australia. Jay, being Jay, exaggerates his circumstances and the lads decide to visit him on their Easter holidays. Will bumps into Katie (Emily Berrington), an old friend who is backpacking in Australia and selling sports activities to make a bit of cash for travelling. Katie's a free spirit, with poor old Will misinterpreting her signals as being exclusive to him.
The rest of the plot is Jay's search for his ex-girlfriend Jane (Lydia Rose Bewley), who was last spotted working at a water park. Jay is actually portrayed quite sweetly here, showing his vulnerable side and that he misses Jane although he did buy her a Wii Fit to lose weight. Will's scenes are good fun as usual, especially when he serenades Katie over a camp fire to win her affections, but more could have been accomplished with the ever-excellent Neil who is a spare part apart from his traumatic dolphin encounter.
The familiarity of the gang is welcome and if that's all you want - it works. There's just not enough substance here; it shows Australia's landscape beautifully but it's a shame the script isn't so hot or packed with the laughs that the original TV sitcom delivered.
2/5 don't feed burgers to dolphins