Con­fed­er­acy of dunces

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

MANY Aus­tralians will not be fa­mil­iar with The In­be­tween­ers, a lively, clever and en­joy­ably seedy TV Brit- com about a quar­tet of clue­less teenage lads.

It is a show with a rare knack for chan­nelling the pain and em­bar­rass­ment of those for­ever un­sure if the brain is lo­cated in the head or the pants.

Un­for­tu­nately, this shoddy movie spin- off is not a good way to be mak­ing your ac­quain­tance with the boys from Rudge Park Com­pre­hen­sive School.

All that is so, so right about the smallscreen ver­sion is wronged out of con­tention by a movie that car­ries on as if the Carry On movies never hap­pened. Or any of those straight- to- video Amer­i­can Pie se­quels.

It be­comes quite a sad sight to see the film­mak­ers lazily yank on the lever marked ‘‘ SSS’’ ( su­per­bad smut) and let the sewage spill where it must.

In this case, it’s the Greek is­land of Crete, where, quite fit­tingly, our hap­lessly horny he­roes be­have like cretins for the du­ra­tion of their stay.

The oc­ca­sional well- earnt laugh can be found. The grotty hovel of a re­sort where the quar­tet is based, for in­stance, would be deemed too re­al­is­tic for a Saw movie set.

How­ever, too many cheap, un­funny gags keep com­ing in rapid suc­ces­sion for any for­give­ness to kick in. Avoid.

Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas

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