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The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman Review


Good

Shia LaBeouf is well-cast in this freewheeling combination of comedy, romance and action. He plays a scruffy guy with no plans and nothing to lose, lost in a strange culture while falling in love with the wrong woman. It's not a particularly original premise, and much of what happens feels wildly improbable, but the characters and situations are so entertaining that we can't help but hold on for the ride.

It opens in Chicago, where Charlie (LaBeouf) watches helplessly as his mother (Melissa Leo) dies in hospital, asking her what he should do next. Then there she is appearing to him, telling him to visit Bucharest. "That's weirdly specific," he replies, but he follows her advice, and on the flight over has another encounter with a dead person. This one asks him to look up his daughter Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood) and give her a message. Of course, Charlie is instantly smitten, but tries to ignore the fact that Gabi's psychopathic husband Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen) looks easily capable of murder. As does the mobster club owner Darko (Til Schweiger) Charlie has a run in with while out on the town with his youth hostel roommates, two chucklehead Brits (Rupert Grint and James Buckley).

As the title suggests, Charlie feels like death is inevitable for him, especially now that he seems to have caught whatever that kid from The Sixth Sense had. LaBeouf gives Charlie just the right mix of hapless loser and quick-thinking resourcefulness, and his chemistry with Wood is tetchy and fun to watch. Meanwhile, the scene-stealing supporting stars Mikkelsen, Schweiger, Grint and Buckley add a terrific mixture of comedy silliness and dark peril. This seems to be director Fredrik Bond's main goal here: to blend genres from grim drama to sweet romance to goofy slapstick to Taken-style action violence.

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'The Inbetweeners 2' Is Officially Biggest UK Box-Office Hit of 2014


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The Inbetweeners 2 has officially scored the biggest UK box-office opening of the year so far, pulling in £12.5 million at the UK and Irish cinemas since its release on Wednesday (August 6, 2014). More than 10% of that total came from its opening night - a new record for a comedy movie.

The Inbetweeners 2The Inbetweeners are back on top of the box-office

However, despite its success, the comedy sequel failed to beat the takings of the first movie, which opened with £13.2 million in 2011. That may come as a surprise to analysts, given the traditional box-office clout of anticipated sequels.

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James Buckley Concedes, "I'd Be Up For The Inbetweeners 3'


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James Buckley, the star of The Inbetweeners series and subsequent movies, admits that a third film could happen should writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris get the script right. The quartet, made up of Buckley, Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison, have been forthright in their intention to leave the Inbetweeners story in Australia - the setting of the sequel - though with box-office records once again being smashed, they may receive an offer they can't refuse.

The Inbetweeners 2James Buckley [L] is open to a third Inbetweeners movie

"I was proud of the last one and thought, "We're not going to top that",' he told Metro. "Then the guys came to us with this idea of going on a trip and that's absolutely brilliant but I don't think it can get much bigger than Australia.

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'The Inbetweeners 2' Crushes Its Own Box-Office Record


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Three years ago, The Inbetweeners Movie opened by stealth in August 2011, making a monster £2.58 million in its first day of release, a one-day UK record for a comedy. Without any press screenings, the TV-comedy based movie caught critics by surprise, as word about the release came only through TV ads, cast appearances and posters on the sides of busses.

The Inbetweeners 2The Inbetweeers are back!

But everyone was ready for the sequel's arrival this week. It opened on Wednesday without any press screenings, but several journalists were invited along to Tuesday night's premiere. And despite mixed reviews (four stars from The Telegraph, one star from Little White Lies, two-and-a-half from Contactmusic), the film broke its own record by taking £2.7 million on Wednesday. The only films that have made more in one midweek day are the final Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies.

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The Inbetweeners 2 Review


Weak

Fans of the TV series and 2011 first movie probably won't mind that the filmmakers never bother to develop these characters at all. At least the four lead actors have plenty of charm to paper over the thinly written script, making the most of even the most simpleminded gags while playing up the traits that have kept fans coming back since the TV show debuted in 2008. The actors are now between 27 and 30, but the idiots they play are resolutely stuck in their teens.

Having finally survived high school, Jay (James Buckley) takes a gap year in Australia while his pal Will (Simon Bird) has a lonely first year at university. Even a visit from pals Simon and Neil (Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison) fails to cheer Will up, but a suggestion that they drain their student loans and head Down Under to visit Jay is more like it. Jay has painted a picture of sex-crazed party mayhem, but when they land in Sydney the reality is somewhat different. So when hot babe Katie (Emily Berrington) invites Will to come to Byron Bay with her gang of middle-class hippies, he drags his mates along. But these four guys fail to fit into the backpacking lifestyle, and instead head to the Outback to find Jay's ex.

The film opens in a nicely cinematic style, with slick spoofs of both Harry Potter and Scarface before settling into the usual groove: setting up each sequence as a possibility for sex before everything unravels into humiliating chaos. The problem is that this repetitive cycle is all set-up but almost never any pay-off. A waterslide sequence is a hilarious exception, building a queasy sense of suspense before landing a series of riotously revolting punchlines. But more often the characters are left staring into space before muttering, "OK then," before the screen fades to black as if it's time for an ad break.

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Reviews Round-Up: The Inbetweeners 2


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The wait is finally over! The hotly anticipated second movie from The Inbetweeners is upon us, and after only two days in the cinema the response has been very positive from the public and critics alike.

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The cast of The Inbetweeners

Will, Simon, Jay and Neil reunite in Australia during Jay's gap year. All of them have broken up with their girlfriends from the end of the last movie except Simon, who's in two minds about dumping Lucy because she's too clingy. We won't reveal anything else to you, except to say that chaos and swearing ensues.

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See Photos From 'The Inbetweeners 2' World Premiere in London [Pictures]


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The stars were out in force for ‘The Inbetweeners 2’ world premiere last night in London’s West End. The tale of four misfits trying to find their way as young men in the modern world continues with a trip to Australia. 

In the sequel, following on from the boys’ trip to Malia, Simon, Will and Neil decide to join Jay on his gap year in Australia, while Simon struggles to dump his overbearing girlfriend.

The film’s stars – the four leading mean, Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas – were all present amidst a host of stars from Alex Zane to Sarah-Jane Crawford

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Breaking News: 'The Inbetweeners 2' Is Actually Really, Really Good


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Fans of The Inbetweeners have known for some time that the sequel to 2012's box-office busting big screen movie would probably be Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison's last outing as Will, Jay, Simon and Neil. The boys - whom we first met at a secondary school somewhere in the Home Counties - have only aged about 3 years over an 8 year period of shooting the TV show and the movies, and they've convincingly argued to leave the quartet's story at that throughout just about every publicity interview for their new movie.

The InbetweenersThe boys are back - down under!

So it's fitting that The Inbetweeners 2 - out in cinemas today (August 6, 2014) - should be everything that drew some 3.7 million viewers to its season 3 finale in 2010. 

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World Premiere of 'The Inbetweeners 2'

Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Simon Bird and James Buckley - World Premiere of 'The Inbetweeners 2' at Vue West End - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 5th August 2014

'The Inbetweeners 2' - World Premiere

James Buckley and Clair Meek - 'The Inbetweeners 2' - World Premiere held at Vue Cinema West End - Arrivals - ESSEX, United Kingdom - Tuesday 5th August 2014

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'The Inbetweeners 2' world premiere held at the Vue cinema

James Buckley and Clair Meek - 'The Inbetweeners 2' world premiere held at the Vue Cinema - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 5th August 2014

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Joe Thomas, Simon Bird, James Buckley and Blake Harrison
Joe Thomas, Simon Bird, James Buckley and Blake Harrison
James Buckley and Clair Meek
James Buckley and Clair Meek

World premiere of 'The Inbetweeners 2'

Blake Harrison, James Buckley, Joe Thomas and Simon Bird - World premiere of 'The Inbetweeners 2' held at Vue Cinemas - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 5th August 2014

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Blake Harrison

The Inbetweeners

James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Simon Bird and Blake Harrison - The Inbetweeners leave BBC Breakfast Studio's Media City, Manchester. - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 5th August 2014

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James Buckley
James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Simon Bird and Blake Harrison
James Buckley
James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Simon Bird and Blake Harrison

A Week In Movies: The Fault In Our Stars Hits London, Transformers Bows In Hong Kong, New Trailers For Washington, Daniels, Carrey And More


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The Fault in Our Stars

Fans lined the streets outside London's May Fair Hotel to glimpse the cast of the teen hit The Fault in Our Stars as they attended a special gala screening in advance of the film's opening in Britain this weekend. Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff and Laura Dern chatted to the fans as they attended the event along with Greg Wise and Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams. Read our The Fault in Our Stars review here.

Meanwhile in Hong Kong, cast and crew turned out for a rain-soaked world premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction, including director Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci and Li Bingbing. The Imagine Dragons did a live performance as part of the film's celebrations. Mark Wahlberg and his Transformers: Age Of Extinction castmates had to brave monsoon conditions for the world premiere of the action film in Hong Kong on Thursday (19Jun14).

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'The Inbetweeners 2' Movie Looks Pant-Wettingly Hilarious [Trailer]


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The trailer has finally been released for the long-awaited sequel to 2011's The Inbetweeners Movie, The Inbetweeners 2. Jay, Simon, Neil and Will are back for another round of lewd, rude and cringe-worthy hijinks...but this time they're Down Under.

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The Sequel Sees The Guys Applying Their Very Unique Girl-Charming Skills Down Under.

Yes indeed, after the last movie was set mainly in Malia where the guys ventured for their summer holiday, the sequel will be based in Australia as the boys take a gap year before embracing their lives as adults. "You know why they call it Down Under?" says Jay. "'Cause that's where your face spends most of the time."

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