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Too crass to be first class.

THE INBETWEENERS 2 (15) .....THERE'S rude, there's crude... and then there's lewd. And the bad news is that this eagerly anticipated sequel crosses the line from temptation to sin.

Will (Simon Bird, now 29), Jay (James Buckley, 26), Neil (Blake Harrison, 29) and Simon (Joe Thomas, 30) remain a likeable foursome with a screen presence that's believably familiar.

With The Inbetweeners Movie, they enjoyed the third biggest hit of 2011 by pretending to be 18-year-olds aiming far too high above their station on a first holiday abroad.

Now they're three years older in real life, but less than a year ahead with their characters, whose immature student credulity is stretched wafer thin.

The original film egged everybody on in true, teenage holiday spirit, and managed to stay on the right side of decency, too.

But in this Australia-based sequel the sexual jokes are over-the-top from the early moment Jay emails his friends claiming to be a hugely successful DJ in Australia.

The camera cuts directly to Jay enjoying the kind of heady social life which makes Leonardo DiCaprio look like he was playing Andy Pandy in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Soon, Will, Neil and Simon are flying halfway round the world for a piece of the action.

Inevitably, all is not what it seems and it's no surprise that Jay has been somewhat economical with the truth about life in The Bush.

With original director Ben Palmer now in post-production with Simon Pegg's Man Up, creators and co-writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris have both directed this sequel which lacks an emotional arc to create momentum.

If there isn't an attempt to hit the lowest common denominator with the next bodily function gag, there's not much happening at all beyond the shouted dialogue.

Yes, it can be funny, and you'd have to be a prude not to Under laugh, even when the going gets seriously rough in the water park.

But the endless, alliterative phrases for sex and countless in-your-face sight gags dilute the characters and turn the mood wearingly lewd.

Like Nick Frost's The Cuban Fury earlier this year, The Inbetweeners 2 takes a funny premise - and then ruins it.

| Will makes new friends Down Under | From left are Jay (James Buckley), Will (Simon Bird), Neil Blake Harrison) and Simon (Joe Thomas

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2014
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