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The Inbetweeners Review

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This feature-length dose of boyish sexual fumbling and fantastically dirty British slang is bound to expand an American viewer's vocabulary.

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Iffy for 16+

Teen vacation movie has tons of sex and scatological humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Inbetweeners Movie is a British comedy based on a successful TV series. There's tons of scatological humor and sexual content as four recent high school graduates go on vacation in Crete with the main goal of getting drunk and meeting women. There's brief full-frontal male nudity, kissing, and sexual situations, as well as constant sex talk, innuendo, and language ("f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and other offensive slang words). The friends fight a bit among themselves, a bully picks on them, and one friend attacks a young boy who's bothering him. Drinking is also an issue; though the actors are clearly much older, they're intended to be playing 18-year-olds and are seen drinking, drunk, throwing up, and passing out.

  • Families can talk about how The Inbetweeners Movie depicts sex. The characters seem to want it without really knowing much about. Why is this disparity funny? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • Why do you think these characters are so interested in drinking and getting drunk? Are there any realistic consequences for their drinking/partying?
  • Various body types (both boys and girls) are on display in this movie. What does the movie have to say about body types that don't conform to standard "ideals"?
  • How do the main characters deal with the movie's bully? Would there have been a better option?

The good stuff
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    Messages: After a two-week vacation filled with over-the-top behavior, the characters learn tolerance and empathy toward one another and others. That said, there are also many jokes at the expense of often-targeted groups, including overweight people, older women, and even little people.

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    Role models: The four main characters have potty mouths, sex on the brain, and a tendency to drink too much. But they're genuinely good souls who find that trying to be bad doesn't quite suit them. Their own, normal, good selves win the day. Also, they learn lessons of tolerance and empathy for one another and toward others.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Two of the friends fight in one scene, though it turns into a pathetic sort of grappling rather than anything violent. A bully picks on the heroes in various scenes; in one, he shoves one of the heroes and puts hands on his neck. One of the main characters attacks a young boy who's bothering him. Some arguing, shouting, etc.

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    Sex: Several occurrences of brief full-frontal male nudity. One character, a nightclub performer, can apparently do "self-fellatio." One female character is seen naked from behind. Male and female characters remove their clothes fairly often, but in most cases, nothing is actually shown. One character is seen "sexy" dancing with various older women, burying his face in cleavage, and with his hand inside women's underwear. A character begins an Internet sex session that's interrupted. Many characters are seen kissing or in various acts of foreplay. Characters have sex on the brain throughout; the movie is loaded with wall-to-wall sex talk, innuendo, and images (like drawings of penises).

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    Language: Language is constant, mostly in terms of sexual innuendo, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "t--t," "snatch," and a number of strong English slang words (like "gash," "vag," etc.).

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    Consumerism: One quick shot of a Kellogg's Frosted Flakes box.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Though the actors are clearly older, they're playing high school graduates of about 18. They drink almost constantly throughout the movie. Many characters are shown drunk, passed out, or throwing up. One character, a bully, is shown snorting cocaine.