Most American 'high school' comedies suffer from 'thirtysomething screenwriter syndrome', wherein pre-pubescent kids spout acerbic one-liners with the kind of rapier wit usually reserved for... well, thirtysomething screenwriters. That's where E4's British comedy The Inbetweeners, back for its third series, is different.
The humour, far from being advanced beyond its young stars' years, is endearingly puerile. Sometimes, even the most cutting put-downs can't compare to being loudly called a "massive twat" in front of your mates, and that's something almost everyone who was educated at a comprehensive school can relate to. The abject horror of being labelled a "bender" because you pierced the wrong ear or wore the wrong clothes or profess a liking for the wrong band is not one that goes away until well into adulthood.
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