Film / The Inbetweeners
is a 2011 movie adaptation
and continuation of the popular series The Inbetweeners
The familiar foursome Jay, Neil, Simon and Will go on holiday
, unknowingly going to the same place as Simon's ex-girlfriend Carli. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues
and they all meet a like-minded 'friend' on the way.
This Movie Shows Examples Of:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Jay initially treats Jane as one of these, not wanting to get "stuck with the fat one".
- Alpha Bitch: Carli can be this sometimes.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Will's finally-revealed Disappeared Dad doesn't even believe he has any friends and seems to be just as embarrassing a father as Mr Cartwright is to Jay.
- And, of course, Mr Cartwright when he meets Neil's dad.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Richard, who is trying to act like a sociable person, but fails miserably due to coming across as an overexcited drug addict.
- Ass Shove: Jay keeps €20 in his ass on holidays in case he needs to bribe a cop.
- Betty and Veronica: Simon is the Archie caught between Lucy (Betty) and Carli (Veronica). Also gender-inverted, with Will as the Betty and Nicos as the Veronica for Alison.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Zigzagged with Jane. Jay initially sees her as an Abhorrent Admirer, but apparently more because he's worried about what his friends would think. He comes around in the end.
- Birds of a Feather: Lisa is perhaps the only character in the entirety of the show or the movie to actually be dumber than Neil.
- Binge Montage: After the skinny-dipping scene, Neil inspires Will and the others to go out and start making the most of the holiday. The result is one of these.
- Blatant Lies: As you'd expect, these mainly come from Jay's mouth.
- Blind Without 'Em: Happens to Will during the skinny-dipping scene.
- Brainless Beauty: Lisa. When Neil manages to outsmart you, you know this trope seriously applies.
- Brick Joke: The bidet (or "kid's toilet" as Jay and Neil call it) is the subject of one. After the skinny-dipping scene, Neil does a shit in it.
- By "No", I Mean "Yes": Allison with Will.
- Call Back: To the episode "Work Experience":
Will: Despite Neil offering — twice — they didn't allow him to drive the plane.
- Also to "Xmas Party", as Fernando came from Privilege in Ibiza, where Samantha had claimed to be DJing.
- Jay's "No problemo" to James during the boat party nods to how Neil had this as a temporary catchphrase during "A Night Out In London".
- Within the film, Will lying down by the ants' nest drunk nods back to what Jay evidently did the night before. A few seconds later, a Pet the Dog moment ensues.
- Casanova Wannabe: Jay, of course.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Richard.
- Comically Missing the Point: Neil, telling Will not to put rocks in his pockets and go swimming otherwise he'll drown.
- Coming-of-Age Story
- Country Matters: Jay calls Carli a 'cunt' as he and Simon are arguing. This prompts Simon to take a swing at Jay.
- Crappy Holidays: It seems this trope will be played straight due to the typical misfortunes that befall the main characters, but it's ultimately subverted.
- Cringe Comedy: This is The Inbetweeners we are talking about, here.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Will with Alison at first. And Simon with Carli, as usual.
- Dropped Glasses: Will. Coupled with Blind Without 'Em.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Neil says he's happy because he doesn't think about things too much (or at all really). Will concedes that he's right.
- Epic Fail: Simon swimming back to shore to tell Lucy how he feels at the end. He nearly drowns.
- Establishing Character Moment: James is introduced with a Kick the Dog moment, running Simon down with his quad bike while he's talking to Carli and pretending it was an accident.
- Everyone Can See It: That Lucy, not Carli, is the right one for Simon. Of course, Simon doesn't see it until the end.
- Football Hooligans: A group of them keep Will awake throughout the bus ride from the airport to the hostel they're staying at by singing incessantly.
- Will mentions how the standard of policing probably goes beyond "bumming and forced suicide". After the skinny-dipping scene, Will, fed up with how the holiday is going, considers suicide in the pool. Neil arrives and Will decides not to.
- Will jokes to Alison that Nicos must get a lot of practice with women. He is later found to be cheating on Alison during the skinny-dipping scene.
- Jay pushes a kid who can't swim into the pool at the hotel, and a couple of patrons have to dive in to save him. Will later contemplates suicide in the pool after the disastrous skinny-dripping scene. Also, at the end, Simon nearly drowns in the sea when his idea of a grand romantic gesture to Lucy goes wrong and he has to be airlifted back to shore and then go to hospital.
- Gilligan Cut: Happens to Jay.
Jay: I'd better not get stuck with the fat one.
- Hope Spot: Done with Simon repeatedly.
- Hotel Hellion: Jay has a run in with one.
- Ironic Echo: Alison's stereotypically Greek boyfriend Nikos. Will impression goes as follows:
Will: (In a thick Greek accent) I love you, I love you. You only girl for me.
- Then Alison catches Nikos screwing some random girl and he says the exact same line. Of course, this is lampshaded by Will.
- Jerk Ass:
- Will's dad. Who is revealed to have left Will and his mother to marry a woman barely older than Will. He insults Will, his hobbies and casually admits he didn't invite him to the private wedding, containing a mere 'couple of hundred' close family and friends.
- Neil, surprisingly. He spends a large portion of the film getting with all manner of girls on the boy's holiday. Towards the end he reveals that his girlfriend dumped him and he didn't want to dampen the mood. Turns out he was lying, his girlfriend Nicole is waiting for him at the airport during the credits.
- Considering how he acts towards Lucy for much of the film, Simon counts.
- James. Being a sort of composite of every rom-com villain in history, this isn't all that surprising.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Sure, Jay is hardly the most likable of people, but he is fed up of Simon's obsession with Carli and tells him to get over her. Eventually, Simon does.
- Jerkass Realization: Simon gets one during the boat party when he realizes Carli is using him to make James jealous. He finally sees Carli for what she is and admits that he made a bad choice in robbing Lucy of her chance to attend the boat party.
- Kavorka Man: Neil. He's extremely thick and yet he seems to get offers left, right and centre! Though, to be fair, he's not exactly picky. The other guys have to literally drag him away from the next dinner lady who comes onto him.
- Lack of Empathy: Combined with some arguably correct logic by Will when he discovers the parents of a wheelchair-bound girl have reserved loungers by a pool. ("Strictly speaking, she doesn't even need another chair!")
- Laser-Guided Karma: Alison steals Nicos's ticket for the boat party after she finds him cheating on her, and offers it to Will instead. Needless to say, Will accepts it.
- James gets this at the boat party with the €20 note Jay had kept up his arse he used to snort drugs. Poo on the end of your nose is going to send any girl running.
- Likes Older Women: Neil.
- Limited Wardrobe: Will, as he decides between half a dozen pair of identical khakis and plain shirts.
- Love Confession: Subverted. Simon tries to pull off one to Lucy by swimming to shore and telling Lucy how he feels, but, as you'd expect, it becomes an Epic Fail when he almost drowns and has to be taken to hospital. Lucy gets the message, though.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Carli does this to Simon. So much so that he obsesses over her nonstop and turns off another girl who is genuinely interested in him by constantly talking about Carli. Pretty much everyone calls him out on it at some point.
- Moment Killer: Simon to Lucy at the end: "I think I've shit myself."
- Mood Whiplash: A three-layered variant of this occurs at the end of the film. At the boat party, after finally realizing his feelings for Lucy, Simon dives off the boat to swim to her and proclaim his love, with everyone cheering him on. One fade to black later, the mood turns serious as they realise Simon is seriously struggling and will definitely not make it ("I think he might be drowning"). After another fade to black, the mood turns funny with the sound of the helicopter as Simon is airlifted out of the sea.
- Naked People Are Funny: Subverted with Simon, who gets naked twice, but it's not really laugh-inducing.
- National Stereotypes: Will jokingly references the Greek waiter boyfriend stereotype when talking to Alison. Turns out he's correct about almost every part of it (the name being the only exception).
- Never My Fault: Occurs offscreen. According to the Northerner who shares the boys' holiday accommodation, Steve, his wife booked the place but somehow it's Steve's fault.
- Not What It Looks Like:
- Jay says this when his mother and sister catch him masturbating. It's a little hard for him to explain because he has diving gear on his head.
- Done later by Richard, when he mentions he phoned his parents to come and pick him up. Before this it's implied that Richard is some kind of dodgy character who's spent all his money on drugs.
- A more traditional variant also occurs when Nikos is found cheating on Alison.
- Oh Crap!:
- Will gets one during the skinny-dipping scene while searching for his glasses. Naked. He bumps into Nicos and Alison as he finds the glasses and Nicos gets right in his face, forcing Will to scream for help and causing Alison to discover them.
- Humorous example at the end. Neil gets one when he arrives at the airport with Lisa and as he is taking a picture of them both on his phone, sees that Nicole is behind him.
- Pet the Dog:
- Jay having bought boat party tickets for the four as a surprise for them all while drunk. Sure, he tore two of them up (the ones for Simon and Will) but the fact that he was willing to do this in the first place qualifies.
- Jay offering Will his bed when the latter is drunk. Will had been about to go to sleep on the very ants' nest Jay had slept on the previous night.
- Alison offering Will Nikos's ticket for the boat party so he can join her.
- Race for Your Love: Parodied when Simon decides to swim to shore from the boat party to declare his love for Lucy. Everyone cheers as he jumps into the water only to stop cheering as he struggles to make it to shore, has to be rescued by emergency workers, is taken to the hospital, and shits himself. Also a case of Reality Ensues.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jay sort of does this with Simon. Presumably he thinks it will snap him out of it but instead it hits a Berserk Button.
- Rule of Three: Simon strips three times. The first time, he's tricked into doing it by James. The second is during the skinny-dipping scene. The third is during the boat party, but this time, he keeps his boxers on. Alison lampshades it the third time: "Does he always strip when he's happy?"
- Running Gag: Jay orders that every time Simon mentions the name Carli, he must be slapped in the balls. He says her name a lot.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Neil at the end when he realises Nicole is waiting for him at the airport. He runs off with Lisa, leaving his luggage with his dad and Nicole is left confused.
- Sex as Rite-of-Passage: All the boys except for Neil. Even though Simon and Carli were dating, it's implied that they did not have sex together, so everyone but Neil is a virgin and presumably they all lose their virginity on this trip as well as gaining 'independence'.
- Sexiled: When Simon's dad was young and went on a holiday with his friends, they placed a hat on the doorknob to indicate this. Neil (and Jay at the end credits) pick up it from him.
- The Silent Bob: Lisa doesn't speak until the scene where she verbally attacks Richard's mother during the boat party, mistaking her to be making a move on Neil.
- Status Quo Is God: Simon didn't have to move to Wales after all. It's not explained how or why, though.
- Also an example of Hand Wave - Simon just says "not moving to Wales" in the opening minutes to brush it off.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Considering that Lucy isn't at all like Carli, Jane is not like Chloe, and Lisa doesn't seem to be like Neil's flings, it's noteworthy how Alison is essentially just Charlotte with the Alpha Bitch traits (both the good and the bad) turned down. They are even somewhat similar in appearance. Though it may be justified in that Will already found his perfect type of woman in Charlotte, and then he naturally falls for Alison who is so similar, while the others lads' matches had formerly been... less than perfect.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Could be said to be the entire point, after all the stuff the gang went through in the series.
- Vacation Episode: Obviously. Almost the whole film is set in Malia, with only the first few scenes at the start and some of the Post Credits scenes occurring in the UK.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Will is this, as can be seen in the opening scene. At the end, Will takes a selfie of himself with Alison and sends it to his dad, which makes his father smile.
- Wimp Fight: When two of the guys get into a fight, the other two actually just stand there and discuss whether to help. During the entire conversation, neither of the combatants manages to injure each other, and there's multiple shots of people laughing in the background.
- Would Hurt a Child: Jay pushes a kid who can't swim into a pool for de-pantsing him in front of the entire poolside.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Lucy seems to know of the Romantic False Lead trope, but to her misfortune, she tries to resolve it like one would resolve it in a more sappy romantic movie. During the movie, Simon grows to like her more and more, but he still keeps his ridiculous, one-sided crush on Carli. When Simon sits on the beach moping because he cannot go to the boat party with Carli, Lucy tells him how sorry she is for him and offers him her (expensive) ticket so that he can go. In a romantic movie, this act of compassion and unselfishness would probably make Simon forget about Carli, realize that how much better of a girlfriend Lucy is, and get together with her, possibly ending with a Big Damn Kiss - and this is obviously what Lucy hopes for. Instead, Simon grabs the Jerkass Ball and just anti-climactically snatches the ticket from her, after which he runs to the boat to find Carli. He gets better later though.
- Your Cheating Heart: Alison's Greek boyfriend Nikos. Will even accurately predicts what he says to excuse his cheating.