It's a hard one to review as I love the TV series and was so much looking forward to the release of the film, I have held back on the review because my first impressions was of disappointment compared to the TV series. The problem lies with spreading the laugh till it hurts 25 minute TV show into a feature film, it's been done so may times before and almost failed every single time.
The other problem is the story, as sending the guys on their first holiday is a bit obvious and unoriginal, but given repeated viewing I did warm to it and started to appreciate it as a stand alone feature and not an extension of the classic Tv series.
While the nerds trying to get women sub genre was never in danger of extinction, Ben Palmer's fresh faced, foul mouthed continuation of the beloved E4 series goes some way towards reinvigorating it. Sixth form leavers Will, Simon, Jay and Neil take off to Greece with the express aim of getting some holiday action as swiftly and frequently as possible.
Given the quartet's social shortcomings, this doesn't prove as easy as they optimistically predict. Remember Kevin & Perry Go Large? If so, forget it and watch this instead. Our anchor amid the chaos is Simon Bird's Will, a world weary Adrian Mole for the 21st Century, whose deadpan reactions and voiceover provide enough distance to make the crassness bearable.
And make no mistake it is crass. But regardless of how many words this lot find to describe the female anatomy, it's all bluff their predatory behaviour doesn't go beyond murmuring "She'd get it", and when confronted with an actual girl their responses range endearingly from bewilderment to terror.
Much like spending 97 minutes with real teenage lads as we were all one once and basically the same no matter how much we deny it now.There are points at which the film wears thin, and writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley should have put something less obvious between all the skirt chasing and willy gags, there's little time left for the group dynamics.
Still, it's a sharp holiday romp with some snort out loud beats and its heart firmly in the right place.
It's a good laugh, but nothing quite as sharp as the TV series which when you compare there are more laughs in a 25 minute show than the 90 minute movie I know what I'll be re-watching more, but as a companion to the greatness of the three seasons it's a must buy.
See if you like.....
Kevin & Perry Go Large.
American Pie Trilogy.
American Pie Reunion.