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The Inbetweeners Season Finale Review “The Dance”

Well, "The Dance" has brought the first season of  The Inbetweeners  to a close, and to be honest, I’m still not entirely sure where I stand on the show. It can certainly be funny, proven in tonight’s episode more so than some others, and when it needs to, it actually manages to pull off teen melodrama. But it also fails tonally fairly often. Episodes can tend to feel like they’re fifteen minutes of story padded out with music video montages, the voice over  has a tendency to crank up the treacle beyond acceptable levels, and we’re never quite sure if we’re supposed to be on the gang’s side, or making fun of them. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/11/06/the-inbetweeners-season-finale-review-the-dance/

The Inbetweeners (MTV) Season 1 Review “Spa Time”

The main problem with  The Inbetweeners  at this point is that it isn’t quite sure if it’s spoofing and examining the tropes of teen masculinity, or simply engaging in them. The two hinges on which "Spa Time" swings, a bikini car wash  and a search for a hooker at a massage parlor, might as well be the plot of a direct-to-video  Porky’s  ripoff from 1984. That isn’t in and of itself a problem; a successful show could take that and turn it into something interesting, a fresh look at teen boy antics that exposes some new, interesting or funny facet of them. The problem is when the show just keeps showing us the same old facets. We’ll start with what ended up being the best part of the episode, the first non-Neil moment to earn that title in a long while. The reveal at the end of the episode of Carly’s surprise party, which Simon has now ruined in his attempt to be kind to her, was surprisingly heartbreaking. None of the emotional moments from this show have really worked for me before, especially not in regards to Carly, who has consistently been underused, and almost felt like a weird vestigial organ left over from the original UK series. But maybe it was the music, or the editing, or just the way she told Simon he was "so simple" that did it; I can’t be sure, but I know I wasn’t expecting it, and I appreciated the surprise. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/10/30/the-inbetweeners-mtv-season-1-review-spa-time/

The Inbetweeners (MTV) Season 1 Review “Reading Gives You Wings”

Every week, I’m growing less and less impressed with MTV’s American reboot of  The Inbetweeners . "Reading Gives You Wings" is no exception, and to be honest, the episode feels like it may have been written by robots, who had just watched the previous ones and come up with something that followed the exact same formula. Silly outsized premise, new hot girl for Will to make a fool of himself over, some reason for Simon to do something stupid for Carly, and several slow-motion sequences. And maybe it’s just a personal pet peeve, but those slow-mo bits really have to go, if this show wants my respect back. There were two this episode, and neither felt necessary. Maybe they just need them to pad out therunning time ? Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/10/24/the-inbetweeners-mtv-season-1-review-reading-gives-you-wings/

The Inbetweeners (MTV) Season 1 Review “Fire!”

I really have no idea what to do with this week’s episode of  The Inbetweeners , "Fire!" It’s a tonal mess, and, more importantly, it just didn’t make me laugh. It all started with extended opening scene in the car, in which the gay jokes verged fairly quickly from realistic teen boy chatter to uncomfortable. And the episode continued along that line with the introduction of Jonno, and the numerous gags about Neil’s dad, all of which could be funny, potentially, but is approached so weirdly that it feels like the show itself is homophobic, not just the characters, which kinda sours me on everything else going on around it. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/10/16/the-inbetweeners-mtv-season-1-review-fire/

The Inbetweeners (MTV) Review “The Field Trip”

At the beginning of the episode, the premise of "The Field Trip" feels remarkably similar to  The Inbetweeners  last outing to an RV: overnight trip, opportunities  for meeting strangers, girl trouble. It ends up being something quite different though, over-the-top comically, and, judging by the preview for next week’s episode, introducing some characters that are going to continue to play a part going forward. The main plot , in which Will sits next to a new girl on the bus and accidentally charms her via silence before Simon swoops in and "steals" her from him, was standard "romantic competition" fare for this show, and nothing within it felt particularly creative or useful. Of course, there were some solid bits in there; Carly delivers the casual bitchiness of her lines well, and Will putting toilet  paper down on the seat before vomiting everywhere was a nice touch. I could have done with a much shorter vomiting sequence, though. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/10/09/the-inbetweeners-mtv-review-the-field-trip/

The Inbetweeners (MTV) Review “Crystal Springs”

"Crystal Springs" is a nice little half-hour of  The Inbetweeners , one that’s comfortable in its character dynamics and, I think, greatly benefits from  not being attached to Simon’s broader Carly plot. Instead, the whole thing centers around the other three boys tagging along with Jay on his family RV park retreat, after he tells them it’s super easy to get laid there. Before they can get there, Jay convinces Simon to run his car all the way down to empty, which feels like a completely unnecessary diversion, but does give us one of the better lines of the night. Will’s "There’s something really beautiful about print porn. It’s a lost art." was a perfect way to show that, beneath all his pretension, he’s just another horny teenage boy. Which clashes with his later freak-out when the RV park girl starts to make out with him at the dance. The whole sliding bit felt like an excuse to get him to take his shoes off for the next series of gags. It didn’t make much sense, and wasn’t acted or directed in any way to help me understand what was going on. Was it a panic attack of some kind? If so, Will didn’t seem much more nervous than usual, which was a misstep. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/10/02/the-inbetweeners-mtv-review-crystal-springs/

The Inbetweeners (MTV) “Class Clown” Review

This week on  The Inbetweeners  "Class Clown", we get a good look at what this show could be when it finds some solid ground: not ground-breaking or laugh-out-loud hysterical, but a dependable teen comedy, one that’s enjoyable and easy to digest. The setup is sitcom 101. The A plot, which sucks up a majority of our time, is another misstep in Simon’s hopeless journey towards wooing Carly. This time around , her house is being fumigated, and her family is staying the night at Simon’s. It’s a sleepover, just like when they were kids, complete with vaguely supernatural games; astral projecting  standing in for a Ouija board. Unfortunately, this was the section of the episode that fell most flat for me. Simon’s "flustered and lovesick" act is wearing thin on me, and neither he nor Carly is defined enough beyond their relationship to one another to give me anything to grip onto in their scenes together. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/09/24/the-inbetweeners-mtv-class-clown-review/  

MTV's The Inbetweeners: "Club Code" Review

In the third episode of MTV’s remake of the hit UK comedy The Inbetweeners, Simon, Will, Jay and Neil endeavour to go both bowling and clubbing, with predictably disastrous results. As with the previous two episodes, this third effort borrows liberally from a couple of the UK shows, without managing to hit the comedic highs that made the original Inbetweeners such a British phenomenon. Read More... //www.ign.com/articles/2012/09/04/mtvs-the-inbetweeners-club-code-review  

MTV's The Inbetweeners "Sunshine Mountain" Review

Early reports that MTV’s remake of The Inbetweeners is actually quite good may have been grossly exaggerated, as following the  success of episode one , the second effort is inferior in every way, shape and form. Once again taking its plot from an episode of the U.K. version of the show, the story revolves around Simon seemingly receiving the keys to the kingdom in the shape of his first car, or as the foul-mouthed four call it, a 'muff-magnet'. Read More... //www.ign.com/articles/2012/08/30/mtvs-the-inbetweeners-sunshine-mountain-review  

Television Review: ‘Inbetweeners’ on MTV

"Inbetweeners," beginning Monday on MTV, is the American version of a British comedy about four losers and their clumsy efforts to navigate high school. //feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=8ea5deb44fb49e769f3bbe2bd6eb8d9f