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The Inbetweeners 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (2012)
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Four high school friends are not cool or popular, but not total dorks, either.

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Brad Copeland
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Series cast summary:
Bubba Lewis ...  Simon Cooper 12 episodes, 2012
Zack Pearlman ...  Jay Cartwright 12 episodes, 2012
Joey Pollari ...  Will Mackenzie 12 episodes, 2012
Mark L. Young ...  Neil Sutherland 12 episodes, 2012
Alex Frnka ...  Carly D'Amato 12 episodes, 2012
Lindsey Marie Nelson Lindsey Marie Nelson ...  Student / ... 10 episodes, 2012
Brett Gelman ...  Mr. Gilbert 7 episodes, 2012
Christine Scott Bennett ...  Polly Mackenzie 7 episodes, 2012
Christopher Jackson ...  Donovan 6 episodes, 2012
Anthony J. James ...  Student 6 episodes, 2012
Joshua Lagos Joshua Lagos ...  Student 6 episodes, 2012
Michael Aaron Carico ...  Bobby 5 episodes, 2012
Wendy Bell Wendy Bell ...  Mrs. Peeler / ... 5 episodes, 2012
Samuel Paul Samuel Paul ...  Grove High Student / ... 5 episodes, 2012
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After leading a relatively sheltered life in private school up to this point in his life, fastidious and straight-laced briefcase-carrying Will Mackenzie faces a new reality when, following his parents' split, he is forced to attend public school for the first time in his life in his senior year. He sees it somewhat as an opportunity to insert himself among the popular kids, which he was not at private school. However, out of circumstance, he ends up in a social circle of four who are neither the social outcasts, but are nowhere near being popular. He and his new friends get into one misadventure after another in their inbetweener status. Jay Cartwright is the big talker, whose friends know his stories of sexual conquests are all made-up fantasy. Neil Sutherland is clueless to things happening around him. And Simon Cooper, who becomes Will's best friend, often makes bad choices in his primary mission to get Carly D'Amato, a childhood friend and one of the popular kids, to be his ... Written by Huggo

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USA

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English

Release Date:

20 August 2012 (USA) See more »

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Orlando, Florida, USA

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Remake of the 2008 British television series "The Inbetweeners." See more »

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It Just Doesn't Click

Many reviews and rating have pretty much all together decided - quite rightly - that the USA Remake of The Inbetweeners is a bit s**t. However many reviewers have failed to specify exactly why.

The answer is that this remake is just too fake. The original show had something truly tangible to work with, you got the feeling that the writers were really drawing on their own teen experiences and it made the show very familiar and as a result ten times funnier. Everyone knows a friends like Jay - always talking crap; Neil - the big idiot; Will the nerdy one and Simon the love sick puppy. The chemistry between the actors was fantastic and the banter is truly accurate to how good friends talk to each other.

But most of all The Inbetweeners was real. The houses weren't mansions and there were no "jocks" or "spring break" it was realistic and down to earth, showing what High School is really like, not looking at it through rose tinted glasses. Every time a character got hung up about something in school it made it all the more funnier because the show and audience know that it really isn't a big deal in reality. There was a kind of running theme of things being quite pathetic which is what gave it it's charm.

The remake misses this point completely. Everything looks like it's shot at magic hour, there's constant obnoxious music and the characters are no longer real. Will is...handsome and not awkward in the slightest. The only thing that makes him appear odd is his blazer and suit case but even then it looks fine. Neil, rather than being a little slow and goofy has become almost brain dead. Jay has just become too obnoxious, sure he was that way in the original but you got the sense that everyone knew how sad he truly was which made him endearing. And finally Simon is every other teen romance protagonist ever.

Another reason it doesn't work is the pacing, the timing of each scene. The verbal jokes in the original worked because they were quick, sharp, something about the dialogue just popped and honestly some things just sound funnier in a British accent. Entire pieces of dialogue are given to the American actors and it just doesn't seem as genuine. But another problem is that it has simply been watered down. The original four said the most obscene things to each other, linking dozens of swear words together in the same sentence and talking about extremely personal subjects. The reason this worked is because that's exactly how teenage friends talk to one another and real slang is used in the show. In the US version everything becomes more PG. In the original we have Jay talking about anal sex, fingering and toe f****ng while also making gay jokes about someone's Dad. Then in the US version Jay calls Will a "renob" because it's boner written backwards (seriously?) No teenager talks that way.

What makes it worse is that as well as verbal jokes not working the visual, physical gags fall flat as well. A joke lifted from the original is Will throwing a Frisbee which ends up hitting a disabled/mentally handicapped person in a wheelchair. In the remake it's a football hitting someone on crutches. Almost the same joke but just toned down a lot. Each time these things happened in the original there was a sense of "oh s**t they didn't just do that..." but in this remake the jokes are made extremely obvious.

What the makers of the US version should've done is not try to copy and paste dialogue and gags from the original, but instead get an American writer to draw on his own experiences to create new jokes and new gags. Someone like David Sedaris or Seth MacFarlane manage to infuse their work with wit and personality. The writers on this show, however, seem to be more concerned with how to adapt an already successful joke written by someone else.

Overall the show itself is not badly made but it's just not funny and for a comedy show that's the worst offence it can give.


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