So, for the first of my Funny Friday reviews, my weekly writeup about something considered ‘Comedy’, I’m going to review Inbetweeners, the TV series, as opposed to the movie.
Inbetweeners, as I believe Benny reviewed last year, is a piece of comedy genius. I think so, you think so, a lot of people think so. It manages to give what we expect to be a stereotypical look at the last few years of pre-university education in Britain, whilst surpassing our belief in what actually happens by doing what all the best comedies do, and blow it to a still real, but definitely exaggerated level.
For those of you that haven’t seen Inbetweeners, the show revolves around 4 lads who don’t fit in to any of the other cliques in their education facility. There’s Will, an ex-posh school kid with a fit mum, no sense of how to fit in and a determination to make friends. Then there’s Jay, the guy who bullshits about his sexual prowess and pretty much everything he says is a lie. There’s Neil, the resident moron and finally, Simon, the most normal one of the lot, with a crush on a girl he’s known his whole life.
They struggle their way through your typical education scenarios – lackluster attitude teachers, exams, girls, family and a paedophile teacher (to be honest though, that’s not a typical school thing – we Brits do not have paedophiles in every school). They face work experience, shitting in an exam hall, trying to get laid, being chased out of a university student’s home for making unwanted sexual advances, being accused of paedophilia and threats from schoolmates and neighbours. All in all, they have a really bad time of it, failing in everything but their education, and in a few cases, even then.
The comedy works brilliantly with the setting, the characters create a fantastic atmosphere and no matter what anyone else may say, Greg Davies, the guy who plays their head of form, is quite possibly, one of the best comedy guys I can think of. In fact, I might do a list for that soon.
Okay, so the show is great, the comedy surprisingly realistic and after seeing most of the episodes dozens of times, I still laugh and cringe in all the right places.
Oh, and for today’s chance to enter the birthday prize draw, prize still pending, answer this question in the comments section – first correct answer gets entered – what is the name of the shows resident bully? Never mind the spelling – I can’t get it right myself, so you’re all off the hook too…