The Inbetweeners: Like David and Goliath…

The “David and Goliath” metaphor is used (far too often) to describe a clash between a superior force and an unlikely underdog. The metaphor got trotted out again when The Inbetweeners – a low-budget British movie filled with adolescent tit, bum, and fart jokes – came in this week as the most popular movie at the UK box office, pipping the American big boys.

However – and bear in mind the low-brow potty humour throughout the film – Robbie Collins gave a nice twist to the metaphor in his movie review:

This film took £13.2 million and topped the UK box office over the weekend, with the help of two days of paid previews. Cowboys & Aliens, on the other hand, took £1.8 million over the same period. It brings to mind the Biblical clash between David and Goliath – if David hadn’t just felled Goliath with a pebble from a brook, but scribbled a Hitler moustache on his upper lip and posted a photo of him pretending to fart on the giant’s head on Twitpic.

– Robbie Collin, “The Inbetweeners leaves the cowboys flat on their faces”, The Telegraph, 22 August 2011

Ho, ho. That’s why I subscribe to the Telegraph! On the interwebs.

Gaddafi the Giant - defeated by little ol' David (supported by the combined forces of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Roumania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey). Go the little guy!
Gaddafi the Giant – defeated by little ol’ David (supported by the combined forces of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Roumania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey). Go the little guy!

h/t Emma England

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