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What Australia looks like according to The Inbetweeners 2

It opens with a fantasy scene that has lifesavers, giggling bikini girls, surfers, dancing Aborigines, cricketers and a man in khaki wrestling a crocodile on a beach.

Yes, the bawdy British comedy The Inbetweeners 2 does not shy away from cliches when it comes to presenting Australia to the rest of the world.

The four gormless characters from the English TV series The Inbetweeners take the backpacker route from Sydney to Byron Bay when they arrive in "the sex capital of the world" in their second movie spin-off.

Just to fit in, they drive a "mobile virgin conversion unit" spray-painted in tribute to Peter Andre.

On a break from studying unhappily at Bristol University, Will (Simon Bird) has decided to join old school friend Jay (James Buckley) who is apparently living it up during his "mental gap year" in Sydney, working as a DJ in a night club and living in a harbourside mansion. Friends Simon (Joe Thomas) and Neil (Blake Harrison) tag along.


The fish-out-of-water premise continues from the first movie, set in Spain, which became a big hit in Britain and was surprisingly successful in this country. 

But what will the rest of the world make of Australia as presented by writer-directors Iain Morris and Damon Beesley?

It is sex mad apparently

As Jay tells it, he is woken by oral sex from a different Australian woman every morning. The place is known as "down under" because, well, you can work that out for yourself. "Aussie birds love rooting," he says. And he claims to have bedded every famous Australian woman since he arrived in Australia - Elle McPherson, Kylie and Dannii Minogue in a threesome and even Dame Edna Everage.

Australians speak funny

"Cashola" is Australian for money. "Rooting" has a very different meaning: see above. They have broad accents and they look down on visiting Poms.

They can be yobbos

David Field plays Jay's uncle, who puts the boys up in a tent on his front lawn. He sets a benchmark for uncouthness that makes Les Patterson seem like David Flint. And as he gives his Pommy nephew a hard time, his enormous son just grins. 

It's a dangerous place

If it's not being beaten up after being mistaken for a paedophile at a water park, it is faeces on the waterslides, being dumped in the surf while sea kayaking or being stranded without water in the outback. And koalas drop out of trees on unsuspecting walkers.

Byron Bay is full of weirdos 

When English tourists arrive in Byron Bay on Koala Koaches, it is a blur of colourful eccentrics. Most of them are English. 

It has its own music

As well as the Peter Andre tribute, the soundtrack features INXS and Vance Joy's Riptide

But to be fair to the filmmakers, most of these excesses are comic fantasies or the fault of the four tragically hapless characters, who, just as they did in the first movie, mostly interact with travelling Brits rather than locals.

Will tries to crack on to gorgeous-but-not-overly-bright Katie (Emily Berrington), a friend from prep school, despite competition from a dreadlocked, blonde muscleman Ben (Freddie Stroma), who is also English. 

As well as Sydney and Byron Bay, international viewers will get to see the Gold Coast's Wild 'n Wild water park, which has been rebranded for the movie (not surprisingly given what takes place on the waterslides) and the outback at Marree in South Australia, which doubles for the Birdsville Track.

This is probably the last fans will see of the Inbetweeners, with the stars suggesting at the British premiere of the film earlier this week that they were "saying goodbye" to their on-screen alter egos.

Bird, 29, said: "Once you see the film you’ll see it feels like they’ve all moved on with their lives, so unfortunately this is it. It’s a great way of saying goodbye."

Thomas, 30, said: "We’ve had a great time making this film but it can’t keep going forever. This is probably it but it’s a nice way to go."

The Inbetweeners 2 is released in Australian cinemas on August 21.

- with PA


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