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FANS of TV's The Inbetweeners will love this brisk and raucous comedy centred around the heady pursuit of fleshy pleasures at a musical festival.

It's funny if not very original, is played with impressive gusto, is surprisingly sweet underneath all the sex jokes, and filming at the real Leeds festival lends an impressive scope.

It's directed by Iain Morris, who wrote the TV show and spin-off movies, and features the series' star, Joe Thomas, as Nick. He's a clueless graduate who learns some self-awareness when accompanying his best friend on a wild weekend of mud, booze, pain, and cringing embarrassment.

Another series regular, Hannah Tointon, plays Nick's ex whom he misguidedly attempts to woo back, suffering various indignities in the process.

Nick's weekend loses control when a sexy festivalgoer dressed as a Smurfette seduces him with drugs, something which can happen to the best of us.

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Rain man: Joe Thomas in The Festival

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 19, 2018
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