TV sitcom's shocking sixth-form gang regroup and head to Crete in this big-screen, lads-abroad excursion. Nerdy Simon Bird, soppy Joe Thomas, dopey Blake Harrison and gobsmackingly crude James Buckley get up to all sorts of excruciatingly crass antics, but as in the TV show, there's sympathy too, for their teenaged, hormonally challenged predicament.Paul Howlett, The Guardian, 19th June 2017
Here's a rundown of the best and worst since the year 2000...Sophie Davies, Cult Box, 19th September 2016
"Fans expect us to be walking disasters", Simon Bird explains. "Which we are, but not in a funny way."Alice Vincent, The Telegraph, 28th November 2014
It broke UK box-office records for the most successful opening weekend ever for a comedy - not bad for a film based on an E4 sitcom - and has posh Will (Simon Bird), sex-obsessed Jay (James Buckley), dim Neil (Blake Harrison) and just-dumped Simon (Joe Thomas) finally leaving Rudge Park Comprehensive for a post- A-levels jaunt to Crete.
Gags about sex, vomit and hand shandies are all present and correct as our anti-heroes struggle with the challenges of being abroad and meeting girls. Think the English version of American Pie.Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 9th January 2014
The teen heroes of the hit E4 series to make it to the big screen in this remarkably well-received TV spin-off. Here a recently dumped Simon (Joe Thomas) and his mates Will (Simon Bird), Neil (Blake Harrison) and Jay (James Buckley) jet off for a jolly holiday to Malia, seeking 'sun, sand, sex, sea and sex'. Obviously they find sunburn, sexual humiliation and a high rate of poo/vomit/ masturbation-based humour instead. Packed with laughs, this broke records to become the most successful British opening weekend for a comedy film ever, grossing more than £2.5million on its first day of release. None too shabby for a supposed bunch of losers, eh?Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 25th September 2013