When Nick's girlfriend dumps him at graduation, he has a colossal meltdown in front of the entire university. He's convinced his life is over, but his best mate Shane has the perfect solution: three days at an epic music festival. With the help of "festival aficionado" and certified oddball Amy, Shane tries to get Nick to embrace the music, the mayhem and the mud. From the creators of the Inbetweeners comes The Festival, a movie about friendship, growing up, and going mad in a field.
Joe Thomas (Nick) and Hannah Tointon (Caitlin) are engaged and have been in a relationship since 2010. See more »
In Nick's bedroom just before he and Shane leave for the festival,
there is a box visible on a shelf with the words 'Global Puzzle.' A few seconds later this has been replaced by a different, shallower box with the title 'Impossipuzzle'. See more »
For the UK release, the distributor removed three sequences of crude and sexual behavior to obtain a 15 classification following advice from the BBFC that the uncut version would likely receive an 18 classification. An uncut version was available. See more »
Dumped by his Uni girlfriend at Graduation, but stuck with an expensive ticket to a Summer Music Festival, Nick (played with willingness but familiarity by Joe Thomas) and his best friend Shane (Hammed Animashaun) head for a weekend of music, drugs and mud 'somewhere ..... somewhere in a field in Hampshire .... Alright'.
Following on from the teenage grossout-embarrassment comedy trend that was reignited by the likes of "The Inbetweeners" "The Festival" is a collection of sex, pain and bodily function jokes stretched over a fairly basic plot about a character too self-absorbed to see how he sabotages all the relationships in his life. You can probably already know if this is for you or not, so what can I tell you if you're still considering it? Well, if you're in the right mood, it's was a reasonable time. There were a few laughs to be had, particularly from Jermaine Clement cameoing as Shane's mothers over familiar boyfriend and as you might imagine with some of the surprising bits of unsophisticated gags did warrant a laugh, or at least a groan. They actually did a good job of keeping many of the jokes out of the trailers but as can often be the case with comedies, realistically it's got one viewing and then it's done. I don't think I'll ever need to see it again, and if I do it won't be anything like as amusing.
As many of the other reviews have pointed out one of the films worst failings though is familiarity. Joe Thomas is essentially playing the same character he does in both "The Inbetweeners" and "Fresh Meat" and similar things can be said for Noel Fielding and Nick Frost in their cameos. It does then fall to the less familiar stars, Hammed Animashaun and Claudia O'Doherty, as Nutty Australian Amy - to offer something new, which they do with a couple of nice B-Story plots that help keep the film ticking over.
Fun whilst it lasts, but instantly forgettable and not worth revisiting.
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