The Inbetweeners

The Inbetweeners Movie

Continuing a television series onto the big screen with stories and stars intact can be a difficult prospect… just ask Mulder and Scully. There’s no guarantee moviegoers will know, remember or care about what these characters went through on TV, so you’re stuck with an important decision. Do you spend valuable feature time repeating or recreating that backstory, or do you just pick up where the show left off and hope viewers are willing to fill in the blanks? The Inbetweeners Movie is a continuation of the extremely popular UK series that ran for three successful seasons on E4. The show is about a quartet of friends muddling their way through their awkward high school years, and the film starts with their graduation. They decide a celebratory vacation is in order for their last summer together and plan a blowout trip to Spain in the hopes of drinking, dancing and shagging their way into adulthood. Shockingly, the trip doesn’t quite end up like they expected. Sadly, the movie follows suit. Character depth and nuance earned over three seasons on TV is nowhere to be found as all four lead characters seemingly revert back to the utterly clueless and often unlikeable dorks they were in the very first episode. Go into the movie with no knowledge of the show, and these guys are little more than pricks who occasionally get into funny situations. Go into it as a fan of the series, and you risk disappointment that what made the show […]

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Channel Guide - Large

MTV’s new raunchy, boy-teen series The Inbetweeners probably isn’t as dull as it appears to be. It’s probably a delightful little comedy that resonates with its intended demographic. What stops me from appreciating the show? It’s a remake of a British series and fails to match the edge or spirit of the original. This import is the latest in a recent string of scripted MTV fare that moves the network further away from whatever its format was when it was first launched (something about music? But really, who can remember that far back?) and the second British to North American remake—last year’s Skins was quickly axed after the Parents Television Council made a big stink about the depiction of teen sex. The Inbetweeners is a high school sitcom about four friends—lovelorn Simon, prim Will, loudmouth Jay, and himbo Neil. They’re all standing on the precipice of adulthood and floundering socially. The coming-of-age mischief is distinctly male, with all of their bawdy misconceptions about girls and sex and the all-too-common constant razzing being the crux of the show’s humor and appeal. In the first episode, the boys skip school because they think it will help them get laid (girls love rebels!) and relentlessly tease dimwitted Neil about his maybe-gay father. In theory, The Inbetweeners is a nice complement to MTV’s witty, female-centric comedy Awkward and a perfect addition to this channel for the teenage set. But two episodes have aired and so far it is practically a shot-for-shot copy of the […]

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The Inbetweeners Movie

After a handful of successul seasons as a television show, The Inbetweeners has been transformed into a movie at the hands of series director Ben Palmer. The UK phenomenon is just now gaining big notice from The Colonies, and MTV is remaking the series in their own image, but US fans will have a shot at the film when it hits select theaters September 7th. In the meantime, enjoy the amazingly pasty sexual adventures of four sexy, sexual, sexy vibing guys in super safe Green Band form:

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This Week in DVD

Welcome back to This Week In DVD! I’d apologize for the title above, but those are actually legitimate elements of four of the releases below. Okay, maybe the Susie Salmon one is sophomoric wordplay related to the otherwise boring Salmon Fishing In the Yemen, but the others are completely legit. I swear. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Inbetweeners: The Complete Series When Will’s mother moves him from private to public school he thinks his life is over, but thanks to three new friends he’ll be wishing it really was. Will’s anal, Simon’s a bit too gullible, Jay’s an irresponsible tool and Neil is a bit of an idiot. Together they’re hilarious. This UK series ran for three seasons, and each is literally better and funnier than the last. Each episode is essentially what the American Pie movies think they are… crass, heartfelt and funny as hell. [Deleted scenes, outtakes, commentaries, featurettes]

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AwkwardOffice

Prepare to cover your eyes, as we reveal the kings of the awkward laugh. Don’t. Look. Away. Wimps.

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