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Originally published Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 3:02 PM

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'The Inbetweeners Movie': Four boys behaving badly on holiday

A movie review of "The Inbetweeners Movie," an awful English coming-of-age comedy filled with scenes showing teens binge drinking, barfing and gawping at good-looking girls.

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'The Inbetweeners Movie,' with Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas. Directed by Ben Palmer, from a screenplay by Iain Morris and Damon Beesley. 97 minutes. Rated R for language, crudity, nudity, sexual situations. Pacific Place.

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Terrible title, "The Inbetweeners Movie." Tells you less than nothing about what the picture is about. Here's a better one: "Cretins do Crete."

The cretins in this case are four English teen dolts on holiday in the sunny Greek isle. They're crass. Crude. Boorish. Ill-mannered. Foul-mouthed. Sex-obsessed.

Jerks, not to put too fine a point on it.

The audience should be interested in the antics of these idiots ... why, exactly? Why, indeed.

This coming-of-age comedy never provides a reason. What it does provide is a seemingly endless stream of scenes showing these four, buds since boyhood, binge drinking, barfing, bragging and gawping at good-looking girls while letting their lusts off the leash as they deliver licentious commentaries regarding what they'd like to do with, and to, the lovelies if they ever had the nerve to approach them and chat them up.

"The Inbetweeners" is derived from a British sitcom of the same name and stars the four main actors from the show: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas. Its true inspiration, however, seems to be the first "American Pie" movie. It follows the "Pie" template slavishly: Horny teen guys just out of high school are clownishly desperate to lose their virginity. Outrageous misbehavior ensues.

But there is an underlying sweetness and humanity to the "AP" dudes that is utterly absent from "The Inbetweeners." All it offers is a wish- fulfillment fantasy for those trapped in arrested adolescence. The fantasy fulfilled here is that pretty girls actually give these geeks the time of day, and more. You wish, guys. You just wish.

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