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Are the Inbetweeners ready for Malia? Or is Malia ready for them?

Our four favourite luckless teens took to the big screen, risking the sitcom to movie transition that many shows hold an infamous reputation of failing miserably. So, joining the herds of Inbetweener fans (most young I have to say) I got in line to witness the much anticipated adventures of the unlikely friends. Predicting easy laughs from humiliating antics the boys would no doubt get up to. And I did not leave the cinema disappointed.

Leaving torturous school life behind and hoping to seek out some ‘action’; Will, Simon, Jay and Neil set off to Malia where their holiday doesn’t exactly start with a bang (no pun intended). Everything a budget holiday entails; delayed flights, grimy accommodation and annoying holiday-makers capture the realities of holidays we all probably could do with forgetting. A group of four girls in an empty nightclub screams hope for the lads, until they put their amusing socially awkward ways into practise. Depicting the original character traits we loved about the boys in the series, except embarrassing themselves abroad and managing to repel girls with their classic slip-ups. Well, except for Neil who gets lucky with a grandma or three. As if things couldn’t get any worse, a cat-fight breaks out between Jay and Simon causing the group to split and find their own fun, only to be let down once again.

Enjoying a fishbowl

A heart-warming reunion brings them back together and in my opinion the best part of the film follows when the foursome enjoy a proper lads night out featuring some hilarious dancing – Neil’s moves are one to watch out for! The film comes to a close with a glamorous boat party, where it seems they all realise their fates with the each of the four girls and all ends well – as well as it gets for the boys anyway.

I’m not sure the tagline ‘boys will become men’ is strictly true, but I would very much enjoy finding out in their return. Although, it is unlikely we will see the Inbetweeners back on our screens again, if so, then what a celebratory way to say goodbye! The coming of age film follows the Hollywood successions of Superbad and American Pie and in my opinion the UK is representing. With impressive £13.8 million earnings at the box office on its opening weekend makes it the most successful British comedy opening ever. Providing watchers with everything from gross humour to the familiarity we love about these guys giving something we can all relate to. Admittedly, my view can be deemed as somewhat biased, as I have been a loyal supporter of the programme since its release, so for me the film was an extended version of the show. I do recommend joining the guys for a bumpy ride though, if you already enjoy the type of humour the characters bring to the screen, my verdict: 7/10.


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Comedy nation fascination

Only £3.50 a ticket!

There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying some light stand-up comedy on a Tuesday night in my opinion. Every month Bournemouth’s student night club the old firestation is home to an event where 3 to 4 hopeful comedians take to the stage to try their material on students and the general public. It never fails to be a night of entertainment at a very reasonable price!

Nathan Caton

This Tuesday (23/03/10) I proceeded to make way to the venue, excited for the acts that I knew would get me giggling like a girl. The first act Nathan Caton set the bar really high as he impressed the audience with jokes playing on stereotypes of his race. The self-confessed Lemar lookalike joked about his family, claiming his brother was at that difficult age of 14- the infamous ’stabbing age’. Telling us of his grandmaa’s hate for swearing, accompanied by a witty anecdote of how he outwardly swore at a driver without thinking, turned to her to apologise and was shocked when she agreed with him! Another funny get-up about his family was when his dad swore by him settling down with ‘a nice West Indian girl’ and Nathan replying: “Dad look, everyone loves chocolate but milk is good for you”. In which instance his father replied: “Not if you’re lactose intolerant”. I don’t think I speak for myself when praising Caton, his general stage presence was impressive and consequently he stole the audiences attention.

Carl Donnelly

Napoleon-Rogan appearance

I had presumptions about the headliner, as he would have to be pretty damn good to level Catons standard. But I had faith when he walked on stage looking quirky (he admitted himself) a little bit like Napoleon Dynamite! Carl Donnelly had a different style which was more improvised, which I liked- he did waffle, but I enjoyed his casual approach. Especially when he announced that he had been spitting on me the entire set, which was slightly embarrasing. His random anecdotes were hilarious, as you could imagine the compromising positions he described himself in. It seemed that Donnelly and his friends often get themselves into laughable situations, like when his friend emerged from the bushes at a party in the early hours with a fab ice lolly. Another situation that I personally related to was when he got into a strangers car and asked the driver where his friend was.

 After the headline act the night unfotunately came to a close and I had very much enjoyed my laid back evening of comedic amusement. Comedy Nation is on once a month and I would strongly recommend trying it out, I did and am now a regular. Be sure to check out the next one which is on 4th May, with headliner Rufus Hound- get your tickets at the SU shop!


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