Movie review: The Inbetweeners Movie

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From the September 9, 2012 edition

If you’re not an Anglophile, you may find coming-of-age British comedy “The Inbetweeners” a bit, well, foreign. Except for the coming-of-age part. That will feel all too familiar.

The British sitcom followed four teenage boys as they turned standard rites of passage into brilliant symphonies of awkwardness. The series was great, and it recently spawned an MTV reboot and a theatrical film.

Did it really need a theatrical film? Probably not, but it does “American Pie” better than “American Pie” … even if the sensibilities are decidedly Brit.

Will, Simon, Jay and Neil are four friends just out of high school. They weren’t quite freaks — only Will was a definite geek — but they definitely weren’t the popular kids.

They head off on holiday — that means “vacation” if you’re really not down with the Brit-ness — to the coast of Greece in a typical teenage effort to get drunk and perchance get laid.

If you aren’t a fan of the series, get on board, son (episodes are streaming on Netflix). It wallows in the divine comedy of being young, horny and having no understanding of women.

The movie is more of the same — almost to a fault. It doesn’t really up the ante, but it’s a nice capper to the series.

If you need a Brit-to-bro dictionary, you might miss out on some of the fun, but as teen sex comedies go, this import is a winner.