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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Following years of theories and rumours surrounding the cursed state of Egyptian pyramids, a group of archaeologists venture to the site of the first tomb to be uncovered since 1922. They discover a three-sided pyramid filled with gas that kills one of their contract diggers. Unperturbed, the four intrepid adventurers head inside to learn the secrets of the tomb that has eluded historians and Egyptologists for centuries. When a booby-trapped floor causes the four to fall into the depths of the pyramid, they are faced with a labyrinth, deep below the ground. And they steadily learn that the tomb has been made to keep some dark secret trapped inside. With this revelation, the explorers realise that they are far from simply being trapped - that are actually being hunted.
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'The Inbetweeners' are kings of the box-office, again.
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 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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The Inbetweeners 2 is smashing records - but does it mean a third movie is being lined up?
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.
James 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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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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Will, Simon, Jay and Neil return for one more flick.
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.
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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'The Inbetweeners 2' stars Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison were sick after facing-off in a meat eating challenge in between filming the comedy movie in Australia.
The actors took each other on in a bid to consume a huge mass of calorific treats, including a kilogram of steak, a rack of ribs, a kilogram of fries and a salad, and while neither of them managed to eat everything, Blake, 29, claimed he got ''very, very close''.
Speaking at the world premiere of 'The Inbetweeners 2' in central London last night (05.08.14), he told BANG Showbiz: ''Me and Joe did a meat eating challenge - we had to eat a kilogram of steak, a rack of ribs, a kilogram of fries and a salad.
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Scroll for pictures from the glitzy premiere
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.
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Turns out 'The Inbetweeners 2' is a fine way to end the boys' story.
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 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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The stars of 'The Inbetweeners 2' say the film allowed them to indulge their puerile sense of humour.
'The Inbetweeners 2' cast used the movie to indulge their ''childish'' sides.
Joe Thomas, 30, Simon Bird, 29, James Buckley, 26, and 29-year-old Blake Harrison - who reprise their roles as hapless students Simon, Will, Jay and Neil in the comedy sequel - admitted they revel in their on-screen roles because it gives them an excuse to behave in a puerile way.
Speaking at the world premiere of the movie in London's Leicester Square last night (05.08.14), Blake told BANG Showbiz: ''From day one, [the producers] set up an atmosphere whereby if something is funny, it's OK to do.
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