The box office success of Film 4’s Inbetweeners Movie has left Greeks in a quandary as they assess what the impact of the film will be on their nation’s already battered reputation.
Set in Malia on the Greek island of Crete some Greek film buffs have praised the film for promoting Greece as a tourist destination.
One reviewer for national paper Patris wrote: “The filming did not take place in Greece but in Mallorca and other Spanish locations, but the film no doubt constitutes advertising for our country.
“It presents Greece as an ideal place for summer holidays.”
Not everyone is so sanguine however with Manolis Theodosoulis, chief of police in the Malia region, saying: “Young British tourists see the Greek islands as places where anything goes, unlimited and cheap drink, easy sex, non-stop revelling.
“This film will only worsen the problem.”
The Mayor of Malia Zenon Doxastakis, was not a fan either: “This image humiliates our history and our people.”