Film review: THE BAD EDUCATION MOVIE (15)

BAD EDUCATION
BAD EDUCATION

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THE BAD EDUCATION MOVIE (15)

SHOWCASE CINEMAS PETERBOROUGH, OUT NOW

CAST: JACK WHITEHALL, MATHEW HORNE, SARAH SOLEMANI, HARRY ENFIELD, TALULAH RILEY, JEREMY IRVINE & IAIN GLEN

RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 31 MINS

DIRECTOR: ELLIOT HEGARTY

Good or bad? The clue is in the title.

After the critical and box-office success that the Inbetweeners movies received, it’s no surprise that the BBC Three series Bad Education has also been given a big screen makeover.

Usually British sitcoms fail to impress in feature-length form – and unfortunately this is one of those occasions.

To celebrate the end of GCSEs, erratic school teacher Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall) wants to take his class to Las Vegas, but after being told that this trip would be too impracticable, he settles for second best . . . a getaway to Cornwall.

As expected, things derail quickly, which is particularly bad news for Wickers, as one student’s overzealous mother is also in attendance, and looking for a reason to get the inept teacher fired. And when the class unwittingly get caught up with the Cornish Liberation Army – it’s fair to say that doesn’t help the situation.

From the get-go, the opening scene – a class excursion to Amsterdam – reflects the controversial humour of the television show, when Wickers uses a disabled pupil to queue-jump, and after (unbeknown to him at the time) taking drugs, he steals a mannequin of Anne Frank. An unrelated gag that soon follows involves a prosthetic testicle. But that’s okay. That style of humour is not for me, but I can see how others would find it funny.

Nothing mentioned above is my reason for disliking the movie, but after the first act it definitely loses its identity – taking a darker tone that feels too out of place compared to the first thirty minutes.

This is despite some fantastic supporting talent, including British comedy legend Harry Enfield, Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Talulah Riley (Pride and Prejudice), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Clarke Peters (The Wire), who seem to have only been cast so their names are planted on the posters to add credibility.

Sadly their presence is to simply react to Whitehall’s crazy antics (there’s no doubting this is THE Jack Whitehall show) – but even those who are big fans of the comedian may find the whole viewing experience tiresome by the end.

Rating: 2/5 Mikey Clarke