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Genre: Drama / Suitable for 18 years and over / Director: Gordon Anderson / Actors: Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Emily Head ... / DVD released 2008-06-02 at CHNL4 / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      10.07.2012 18:51
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      Love it!!

      I'd heard of the show 'Inbetweeners' although the name always 'put me off' and so I never bothered watching it until there was nothing else on a few weeks ago and watch it for the first time. I loved it so much that I went and bought the DVDs.

      The Inbetweeners is a British comedy programme based on the live of four teenagers, played by Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas. The Inbetweeners Series 1 features the first series of the show which was broadcast in the United Kingdom in 2008. The DVD is an 18 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of 18. The DVD is currently selling for a price of £7.82 from Amazon.

      The plots feature 'everyday' things that mean so much to you when you're a teenager; such as going to wild parties etc. The guys also go to a theme park. There is lots going on and there is never a dull moment. I find the show to be hilarious; Whilst I find myself laughing throughout the whole show, I can guarantee that there is at least one highly funny scene which really gets me in stitches in every episode. The show is very real and believeable.

      The show is so easy to relate to; even though the show is based on four teenagers who are in sixth form, we can all relate to it so well; school life, trying to be cool, going to parties, trying to impress the opposite sex etc.

      I love the characters; all 4 of them. I cannot chose a favourite as I like them all; even though they are so stupid, at the same time they are really likeable and funny. Each character brings something different to the show. As a viewer, I felt really 'close' to the gang and felt as though I was part of the group.

      The acting in this show is brilliant; all four of them are brilliant actors and play their 'awkward' and 'geeky' characters very well. The show is narrated by Will, the posh geeky guy; I think he does a great job of this and it makes the show even funnier especially as he is so narrow minded.

      The show is very rude with very crude humour and so I wouldn't recommend it you don't like rude jokes. Although, if you do like rudeness (I.e American Pie etc) and juvenile humour then you will love this DVD.

      There are some extras on the DVD featuring interviews with the casts and behind the scenes footage; I enjoyed the extras as it was interesting seeing how the show was made and what the characters are like in real life.

      I would definitely recommend this DVD!

      Thanks for reading!
      July 2012
      Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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      22.10.2010 08:22
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      Wonderful!

      I was quite a late comer to The Inbetweeners series despite the fact that my brother, sister and then boyfriend raved about it. However one day when I was out shopping I saw the box set of series one and two for just £9.99 and I decided that I would give it a go!

      For those of you that are not aware The Inbetweeners is a series about four young lads who are at sixth form and are far from the coolest people in school! Together they get into all kinds of funny situations. The show is aired on E4 and is just beginning its third series.

      The four main characters in the series are as follows:
      Will: Will is the new boy at the school after his parents divorced and pulled him out of a private school. This combined with the fact that he carries an actual briefcase make him a target for jokes from the other sixth formers. Will is very geeky but also intelligent and will often mock the others in a sarcastic manner but this just adds to his charm.

      Simon: Simon is probably my favourite character. He is a lovable lad who has a huge crush on Carly and will quite literally do anything to try and impress her. His relationship with his parents is hilarious and he sees them as a great source of embarrassment.

      Jay: Jay is a cocky lad who likes to pretend he has had lots of experience with girls when it is very apparent that he has none! He tells lots of tall tales but all the lads know that he is talking rubbish!

      Neil: Neil is a dopey lad but in such a funny way. He is so naive about everything that is really is quite endearing. The rest of the boys wind him up regularly about his dad's sexuality much to Neil's annoyance!

      On the series one dvd there are six episodes all of which are around 25 minutes long. I find that the length of the episodes is perfect as it doesn't take too much time and you are guaranteed to be giggling by the end of it. I have to point out that the dvd is rated at 18 and I would imagine this is because of the sheer amount of swearing that the characters do so if you are likely to be offended by this and sexual innuendo then The Inbetweeners will not be for you. Personally I laugh out loud throughout the episodes and I think it is great.

      During series one there are some hilarious moments in my opinion. Some of these include Simon being groped by his driving test examiner, the boys visiting Jay's families caravan for Simon to be literally caught with his pants down and Will calling Neil's dad a "bumder" in a rant to prove he does not suck up to other peoples parents!

      My favourite moments in this series both come in the "Will gets a girlfriend" episode where Will attempts to lose his virginity in a very amusing way. For some absurd reason I have to actually recreate this scene whenever I tell people about this which is very embarrassing and yet I still do it! The other funny scene is when Simon and Neil taunt Jay about his "football friend" with hilarious consequences.
      I think one of the things with The Inbetweeners is that the phrases that the lads use seem to stick with you after watching them. Things such as "Thumbs up friend", "Briefcase w****r" and "bumder" are just a few of these which will no doubt slip out if you are talking to other fans of the show!

      The series one dvd includes a making of feature, a meet the cast, video diaries and deleted scenes and outtakes. I find the outtakes funny but there really aren't many of them. I also wish there was an option to play all the outtakes together rather than having to go to the menu each time one finishes. There is the option to play all the episodes together but not the same option for the deleted scenes and outtakes.

      I really do think the Inbetweeners series one is very funny and enjoyable to watch. I think the reason it is so funny is that you can actually imagine the events that occur happening in real life. I have since lent the dvd to two friends both of which love it too!

      As I am sure you can tell I would certainly recommend The Inbetweeners series one just as long as you are not likely to be offended by the swearing and innuendos!

      Thank you for reading my review!

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        04.06.2010 21:18
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        good buy if you like laughing

        the Inbetweeners is a new hit comedy about four teenagers growing up. William McKenzie (Simon Bird) hasn't had much luck his parents have just got divorced and his mum has made him go from a private school to a public school. for the first couple of weeks simon gets bullied by the other kids because of what he looks like, what he wears and because he carrys an actual briefcase. but he quickly makes some new friends Simon(Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison). however they are not the coolest kids in school. together they try and get through 6 form. they also try and impress the ladies like the stunning Carli D'Amato (Emily Head) but the girls notice what they are like which is a really bad thing as there all idiots. in the first term the boys manage to hit a disabled girl in the face with a frisbee, puking on a 7 year old boy, calling neils dad a "Bumder". overall this is a great buy and is hilarious. however it is rated a 18.

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          18.04.2010 21:32
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          Just fantastic comedy

          The first season of the Channel 4 comedy The Inbetweeners introduces four boys going through the general day to day lives of high school teenagers. The first episode sees posh new boy Will arrive and just the way he talks and walks may already have you in fits of giggles. The season follows the boys in their attempts to become cool, stay out of trouble and most importantly pull girls. Their hilarious antics usually end up with some dire consequences for them, but plenty of laughs along the way for us. My particular favourite is the second episode of this season and I don't think any comedy can ever top that episode. The only complaint I have is it isn't long enough, the DVD will leave you wanting more. Although it wraps things up and isn't a disappointing end, but it will make you just want more laughs from the four inbetweeners. Some school boys may relate and some girls will have met boys just like them trying to impress them. Part of its appeal is it is realistic and some situations (although exaggerated) could have happened to anyone. I highly recommend it.

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            09.03.2010 15:12
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            A hilarious comedy about a group of teenage boys

            When the Inbetweeners first came onto our screens on E4 in 2008 I never really managed to watch any of them. I always seemed to miss them or turn on part way through so never really got into it.
            However one night, armed with pizza, wine and the entire first series, a friend and I sat down to watch some, thinking we would just watch a few episodes. A few hours later and we had watched the entire series and were still giggling.

            The Inbetweeners is about a comedy about a group of teenage boys in the sixth form of school , who are at that 'inbetween' stage, not quite kids not quite adults. Will is the new boy at school and has been forced to move from his cushy private schooling to the local comp when his dad ups and leaves. Somehow he doesn't seem to fit in on his first day with his suit and briefcase. He soon makes himself a part of on of the geekiest group of friends including Jay, the loud and crude one who claims to have slept with hundreds of women, Simon, the shy one who has a crush on his childhood friend Carly but seems to mess it up everytime he speaks to her and Neil, the amazingly stupid one. The series follows them as they try, and fail, to go meet girls and make friends with the popular crowd.

            Not only does the Inbetweeners have some amazing slap stick moments it also has some great dialogue and witty remarks. The writing in this is absolutely superb and it literally had me crying with laughter more than once. The funniest thing about this series however is the fact that it could well be based on real life, some of the scenes are so hilarious because they are actually believable, although luckily for me I have never been unfortunate enough to experience any myself.

            Although this is a comedy about teenagers, the comedy is very adult and I think many ages would enjoy it, although the language is quite explicit so it wouldn't be suitable for young children.

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              13.02.2010 22:52
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              A Must See For everyone

              This doesnt really come under movie DVD, and as there is already a different link for Inbetweeners season 2, I will use this as a review for season 1. Now at the moment I don't find too many British or American comedies funny, yes there are some decent ones that amuse me, but especially with British comedy, this is mainly the only one from the last 5-10 years that I really felt was laugh out loud funny.

              The show is all about four sixth form teenagers, who are not popular, but not completely unpopular, although probabaly closer to the latter, and they are trying to reach the popular heights, hence the title 'Inbetweeners'. All four characters are pretty different, and initially the funniest for me was Will Mckenzie played excellently by Simon Bird. He is the posh twat in effect, although everything he says is true, and his interaction with the other cast members is very funny. As the season goes along I realize that the best character is Jay played James Buckley. Jay only has sex on his mind, and hence all his conversations focus on this, the funniest part is that out of the four of them he is the least expereienced with girls. You have to watch it to really understand his sense of humour.

              There has to be an honourable mention to Jay's dad who is actually hilarious, he only comes in it for a few scenes, but he is awesome. Pretty much all he does is diss Jay and tell the truth, although he is a horrible father and a disgusting character, but an awesome one at that.

              There is only six episodes and each one is just twenty minutes or so long, so as you can imagine, you can finish the first season in two hours, which is less than most movies. Don't be put off by that though, as you will be coming back to watch the episodes time and time again. Plus theirs also a season 2 out, and a season 3 in production and possibly a movie on the way.

              My favourite episode is Caravan Club, where they all invite themselves to Jay's famous Caraven Club one weekend, where he promises that they will all 'get some', and in Will's own words it is a win win situation, as if Jay is right they will all get laid, and if he is wrong, then they can diss Jay for a very long time and he won't be able to live it down.

              There's not a lot more to say, but the viewing figures on E4 have risen considerably over the course of the two seasons, and it gets over a million viewers per episode which is amazing for a low budget British comedy, thats main exposure has only come through word of mouth. I cannot recommend this show enough, it is one of the best comedies I have ever seen.

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                05.02.2010 15:00
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                A must have addition to any DVD Collection

                The Inbetweeners Series 1

                Purchased From: - Play.com for £7.99
                (Series 1&2 boxset is available for £9.99 on play which I think is a better deal).

                DVD Info:-
                The Inbetweeners series one DVD Rating: 18 (Reason- sex references, swearing and some violence) Running time: 138 mins approx Extras running time: 53 mins
                Sadly there are only 2 deleted scenes and 2 outtakes a meet the cast section and a making of the series slot, the highlight for me though is the character diaries which entailed the four cast members larking about with a video camera.

                Episodes:- There are 6 episodes in Series 1 Friends of mine had been banging on about "The Inbetweeners for what seemed like an eternity" and due to working in an Educational Establishment, It seemed I couldn't escape hordes of teenagers citing "New Friend" and various catchphrases which I was duly informed were a result of the cult comedy "The Inbetweeners".

                It was with trepidation that I ordered the DVD from Play.com but felt that due to the reasonable price and the constant Inbetweeners References that I appeared to be somewhat clueless about, I would purchase the item. Once it arrived I settled down with the Hubby on the sofa to watch whilst the snow was falling outside on a Sunday afternoon.

                Plot Summary:- The initial series commences with a verbal narrative from one of the lead Characters "Will McKenzie" (played by Simon Bird) who explains that his parents have split up and due to financial issues Will now has to attend his last year at a local comprehensive instead of his previous private school. Cue... Will's first day in an alien environment, Will is a slightly awkward looking boy who arrived at the school rather misguidedly Wearing his previous schools blazer whilst holding a briefcase, Will attends an introduction class with other newbie's and through Will's internal dialogue we learn of his fears regarding "fitting in" and being stuck with the freaks of the school. Will is given a buddy to help him through his transition called Simon but due to Will' sticking out like a sore thumb, in typical teenage fashion Simon wants' nothing to do with Will who is the subject of abuse throughout his first day with various comments such as "Briefcase Mong" being thrown at him.

                The first series introduced the main characters.
                Will Mckenzie - Played by Simon Bird - As previously described Will is a slightly awkward looking boy, who is highly intelligent, self observant and in possession of a very sarcastic and self depreciating sense of humor.

                Simon Cooper - Played by Joe Thomas - Simon is assigned to be Will's First Day buddy and eventually develops a friendship with Will after initially doing his utmost to avoid being associated with the "briefcase Mong". Simon is always pining over his unrequited love for his neighbor Carly and the 1st series explores Simon's disastrous attempts to woo her.

                Jay Cartwright - played by James Buckley - Jay is a typical teenage boy, whose sole obsession is sex and girls. Jay is extremely crude and constantly brings sex into every conversation. Jay's father tends to be very critical of Jay and constantly puts him down which leads to Jay overexerting for attention and claiming that he is sexually active with lots of women.

                Neil Sutherland - Played by Blake Harrison - Neil's character is portrayed as the slowest member of the group academically and tends not to understand or comprehend a lot of the in humor between the groups. Neil displays a penchant for body popping and suffers a lot of ribbing from the group due to his father being quite feminine.

                Episode Guide:-
                Episode 1:- First Day............The First Episode centre's around Will's first day and provides the viewer with the opportunity to meet the other characters. And Mr. Gilbert, the slightly psychotic head of the 6th Form. Will eventually ingratiates himself with Simon and his friends via an unfortunate incident that Simon experiences in the 6th Form Common Room. At the end of the 1st day all of the 6th formers meet in the local pub for a drink - whereby due to not being served Will becomes increasingly angry and informs the landlord that everyone is drinking underage, this making him a target for the school bully.

                Episode 2:- Bunk Off............The boys decide to bunk off school and get drunk, Will and Simon call the school and pretend to be Simons mum and then proceed to get Will to purchase some alcohol go to Neil's house and get drunk. Simon decides to vandalize Carlys drive with his declarations of love and Will insults Neil's dad.

                Episode 3:- Thorpe Park.........Simon passes his driving test courtesy of a rather flirty female instructor and his Dad buys him a bright yellow car. The boys proceed to go to Thorpe Park to chase girls as Neil works there and the episode covers the boys' exploits at the park.

                Episode 4:- Girlfriend......The boys are invited to a house party and the most popular girl Charlotte Hinchcliffe is rumored to be putting in an appearance. Surprisingly Will manages to charm Charlotte into an upstairs bedroom which causes further clashes with Donavon the school Bully whom Charlotte has just dumped. Jay makes a new friend which leads to a lot of ribbing by the boys due to Jay's "New Car Friend". Will attempts intercourse with Charlotts and Neil participates in a charity Blind Date event at the school.

                Episode 5:- Caravan Club.........Jay and his family are members of the "Caravan Club" and annually go on Caravan Holidays. Jay invites the boys to visit him whilst holidaying with the promise of lots of sex with girls, insinuating that Caravan Club is a hive of horny teenage activity. The viewer encounters Jay's Mum and Dad and is led to understand the source of Jay's fanaticism regarding sex and girls and his capacity for telling white lies. Simon ends up in a compromising situation with a girl, Neil displays his body popping skills and Will is bullied by a group of eight year olds.

                Episode 6:- Xmas Party........Will applies for the position of Chairman for the Christmas Party and due to Will being the only candidate is duly elected. Will organizes the party and lets Jay DJ. Neil attempts to kiss the female science Teacher, Jay pulls; Charlotte Hinchcliffe kisses Will which leads to another confrontation with Donavon the school bully and the boys all reminisce about their first term on a trampoline.

                General Information:- The Inbetweeners was written by Damon Beesley and Ian Morris and was originally commissioned for E4 who aired the first series followed by Channel 4. The series is set in Outer London and filmed in a typical suburb and a comprehensive school.

                Review:- I absolutely adored watching Series 1 of the inbetweeners even though the humor is very childish and adolescent. The synergy between the actors works perfectly and the casting of the main characters was expertly done. I initially assumed that it would just be a very "skins" like production and that the programme was another one of Channel 4's shock tactic - trying to gain a younger Target Audience endeavors. But I was pleasantly surprised upon watching the series. Damon Beesley and Ian Morris are very talented writers who perfectly encapsulated the life of a teenager and the varied dramas that you think consume your life at that age. The series develops at quite a rapid pace and each character is actively involved in each plot and subplot. The exploits of the boys frequently reduces me to tears of laughter and provided some much needed light relief. Although I don't think this humor would appeal to everyone due to the crude nature of the boys exploits and language and the focus upon sexual humor. I would highly recommend purchasing this DVD.

                Value for Money:- The product is great value for money even though there are only 6 episodes. Due to the repeat watchability of the DVD, I feel that the DVD is good value for money.

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                  25.01.2010 15:54

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                  Give it a go!

                  The Inbetweeners is a very particular new comedy that started on E4 last year, it took a while to be embraced by the nation, but once it got going it had tons of fans!

                  The first series of the Inbetweeners has now been released on DVD and has been topping the charts for a while now. The Inbetweeners follows the lives of a group of four boys who are in the sixth form at their local school. They (as the name might suggest) are inbetween social groups and are desperately trying to be cool and fit in. The series follows their lives in and out of school as they embark on new adventures, like parties, days out, work experience, exams etc, whilst trying to have fun, impress others at school and desperately pull girls, all the above have hilarious consequnces.

                  The Inbetweeners is a very awkward cringeworthy type comedy aimed at the younger demographic. You feel so wrong laughing at the bad things which happen to these guys and what they bring on themselves. Inbetweeners is not the sort of comedy everyone will like, but those who do 'get it' will love it. Inbetweeners really does polarise people.

                  The lead charcter, who in real life is called Simon Bird, also writes a lot of the comedy. He is a genuinely funny modern young comedian and you may have seen him in other programmes such as the king is dead.

                  Give Inbetweeners a go, it may not be love at first sight, but it may well grow on you!

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                  Give it a go

                  I just settled down to watch this on DVD so thought I would let you all know what I thought. Although I watched this on DVD, this is a programme only review as I just watched the episodes.

                  *Plot*
                  The beginning of the series introduces us to Will. His parents have just divorced, meaning that he has to leave his private school and start is state education. He doesn't want to do this and it is clear from the off that he isn't quite going to fit into the school. He turns up on his first day wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. The rest of his classmates all are wearing sweatshirts and carrying rucksacks. The deputy head insists that Will wears a 'Hi, I'm new' badge, much to Wills dismay.

                  Nobody wants to be Will's friend and for a while it looks as though he is going to be stuck with the geeks. That is until he meets Simon. Simon doesn't want to be his friend, but it doesn't look as though he is going to have much say in the matter. Will latches himself onto Simon and his two friends Neil and Lee. To begin with, Will thinks they are quite cool but it turns out that actually they are not!

                  The series follows the school term, even though I must say that the lads spend very little time in school and much more time elsewhere. Each episode follows them on a new adventure such as camping, bunking of school and organising a school prom.

                  *Opinion*
                  I really like this series. It is worth noting here that it is a comedy series but the comedy is rather crude and the language is very strong throughout. As it focuses around 4 teenage lads, one of the main subjects followed throughout the series is sex-even though none of the lads are actually getting any! I wouldn't recommend letting any younger teenagers watch this.

                  I find that the series is very humorous and there are a lot of gags throughout. Although the plot itself is funny, the boys actually make a number of jokes themselves (mainly at the others expense) meaning that there are plenty of giggles to be had.

                  I also like the plot of the series because it is very real to life and people can relate it to their own lives, and possibly their time at school. I like the fact that each episode covers a different story. The story of the boys friendship and relationships with others is consistent throughout however it would be easy to start watching this mid series as the plot is easy to pick up.

                  I think the acting in this is really good as those that star in this act just like teenage boys do! It must have been great fun to film and they all look as though they are having a really good time. I like the way that the boys are all different in their own ways meaning there is variation. Will is probably my favourite character as he is simply hilarious.

                  *Additional Information*
                  The series was shown on E4.
                  The DVD was released in June 2008.
                  Series one runs for 138 minutes (series 2 is also now available on DVD)
                  It stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison.
                  The DVD is available from Amazon for £7.98 or the box set of series 1 and 2 is available for just £9.48.
                  The DVD is rated an 18 but it shows at 10pm on E4 when it is on TV.

                  *Summary*
                  I love this series as it is fantastic British comedy. I would say it would appeal to most young adults due to the content and urge you all to give it a go!

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                    06.12.2009 22:07
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                    Overall 9/10

                    INTRODUCTION

                    The inbetweeners series one premiered on E4 on the 1st of May 2008, the show is predominantly about four 16-17 year old lads in their first year of sixth form, the show name 'the inbetweeners' relates to the four boys as not being popular or cool, however not being geeky or nerdy, and for that reason they are in the middle which causes lots of different embarrassing things to happen.

                    The four lads are all very different from each other, but can relate to almost any real life group of people as you have: the posh socially inept one, the one who is an outright liar and sex maniac, the dumb one and the sexually confused one who can't take a hint that a girl isn't interested.

                    All four lads are often taking the mick out of each other, making jokes about neil's dad being homosexual, and will's mum being sexually attractive, its all very stereotypical behaviour, but this show is one of the best comedies to hit UK screens in a long while.

                    MY PERSONAL VIEW

                    Personally this show has made me laugh so many times, even after watching each episode about ten times, every episode seems to have something extremely embarrassing or funny involved which you can kind of relate to when you was their age.

                    The only disadvantage of the show is that each series is only six episodes long, and the show only lasts about 25 minutes at a time.

                    THE ISSUES INVOLVED

                    You probably have already guessed due to the nature of the programme, but the show involves underage drinking, sex, bullying, homosexuality, crude humour, general stereotypical teen behaviour.

                    MAIN CHARACTERS:

                    WILL MCKENZIE - Is a posh and intelligent boy who has been moved from his private school into a state comprehensive as his mother cannot afford the fees anymore, he is actually a very funny character but is not liked by most of the school, and doesn't have much experience with dating.

                    SIMON COOPER - Is in love with Carly however she does not feel the same way, simon never acknowledges this and keeps trying throughout the series, he is very weird around girls and seems quite confused in how to approach them, nevertheless he is a funny character.

                    NEIL SUTHERLAND - Is not very bright at all, and is often seen defending his dad when the other three are making jokes about his dad being gay.

                    JAY CARTWRIGHT - Is the liar of the group who once claimed him and his mate rented a pedalo boat and went to Africa, he also claims to have had sex with many girls, whom none he can prove, however as you can see from his home life he gets put down by his dad a lot, and its obvious that Jay just wants to look cool and respected for a change.

                    IS IT REALISTIC?

                    Overall i wouldn't say the show is overly realistic due to the characters behaviour, i don't believe anyone could get themselves into some of the situations involved in the show, however the teen banter and issues involved are somewhat realistic.

                    WHAT MAKES THE INBETWEENERS A TOP QUALITY COMEDY?

                    The inbetweeners manages to convey very funny characters and gets them into some outrageously funny situations, this makes the show what it is, and as many people will agree is one of the funniest comedies in years.

                    CONCLUSION

                    A fantastic show which people of all ages will enjoy, if you haven't seen it already i urge you to when you get the chance as you will not be disappointed.

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                      The perils and pitfalls of sixth-form life.

                      Crude, rude and occasionally rather lewd, The Inbetweeners is also remarkably funny. Straddling a borderland between juvenile and adult humour, it won't appeal to everyone - although that said, if you've ever been or known a teenage boy, there's likely something here for you.

                      Set at Rudge Park Comprehensive in an unspecified Outer London suburb, the series charts the highs and (more often) lows of four friends attempting to negotiate their sixth form years. On the cusp of adulthood, but unable to do pretty much anything an adult can, the group face the usual perils of being seventeen, including lying about sexual encounters, obsessing about thoroughly uninterested girls, insulting each other's family members in new and imaginative ways, negotiating the pitfalls of securing and consuming alcohol and vomiting on small children.

                      Neither the lowest on the ladder of the school's pecking order nor anywhere near the top, Simon, Will, Jay and Neil are very much "inbetweeners", looking down and being looked down upon at the same time. It's a well-judged move by the creators to cast them in this social no-man's land, courting our sympathy, pity and distaste in rotation, often all in the space of a minute.

                      Each of the main characters contributes substantially to the show's dynamic, although as the narrator, and character whose arrival (having been transferred from his previous school) kick-starts series one, Will is perhaps at its centre. A straight-laced, uptight individual, he experiences no small amount of culture shock in being displaced from his high-achieving, high-pedigree private school and dropped into Rudge Park's more base charms.


                      "At my old school, the day started with prayers, followed by hymns, and then an inspirational reading. Here it began with Jay showing me a pornographic video."


                      Simon is perhaps the most conventionally normal of the quartet, his trials and tribulations largely revolving around his persistent failure to woo childhood friend Carli, whilst the aforementioned Jay makes up most of the crudeness and lewdness on show, being a one-man stream of less than subtle sexual innuendo and false bravado. Rounding off the group, Neil is a gawky, several-sandwiches-short young man whose father's sexuality is frequently called into question.

                      Each of the actors does a fine job of capturing the awkwardness and unease painted over with a thick layer of bluster that goes with leaving childhood behind but falling some way short of maturity, and the dialogue is alive with realism. It doesn't for the most part feel entirely off-the-cuff, but it's a tribute to both the writers and actors that it feels so intensely real and genuine. This, unfortunately, is a fantastically accurate portrait of male adolescence, and is only slightly exaggerated.

                      The Inbetweeners draws plenty of its humour from this dialogue, but it's also a tribute to the highlights of British comedy that have gone before, from the oblivious foot-in-mouth idiocy of Basil Fawlty to the all-too-cringingly-awful, can't-look-away horrors of The Office. It combines slapstick, quick-fire interchanges and moments of intense discomfort to uproarious effect, and manages to keep the laughs coming without telegraphing them too consistently.

                      Series One gets off to a quick, fine start, finding its feet early on and striking a pace and rhythm that carries it effortlessly through the six episodes contained here. There's not a bad offering on show, with perhaps the best of the lot being "Bunk Off", in which the boys (unsurprisingly) bunk off college in search of alcohol and women (I say women - insert any one of Jay's endless less-than-flattering euphemisms). Predictably, while they manage to track down certain quantities and qualities of each, the day proves to be a compendium of pathetic plans and mortifying misjudgements.

                      As touched upon earlier, the Inbetweeners will strike a chord with many, but not all will appreciate the route it goes down to find its vein of comedy. Series One is short - with only six twenty-five minute episodes, it's over in a flash - but it's certainly sweet as well. All too real and damningly accurate, this is one of the best comedies to grace screens in recent years, and the forthcoming third series and film are eagerly anticipated.

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                        08.11.2009 13:58
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                        A great and fresh new comedy

                        The Inbetweeners is a Channel Four Comedy that follows the lives of four friends who are not geeky enough but nor cool enough to be anything.

                        It Stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James buckley and Blake harrison as sixth formers who have to deal with issues such as love, sex and acceptance.

                        The Series is very funny and extremel wwell written and acted.

                        Bird stars as Will Mckenzie who's mum has split up wth there dad and he has been put in a comprehensive. he befriends three lads and many adventures follow such as will learnig to drive and getting themselves into trouble from there general curiosities.

                        The Acting is funny and all liines and situations are delivered in style.

                        The best character is jay who plays a sex pest and liar who steals much of the scenes with is lewd and disgusting comments.

                        A great series full of six episodes that you can watch over and over again.

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                        02.11.2009 10:27
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                        A funny show, that will make you laugh

                        Take four young, very different males, around 16/17, who become close friends, are all desperate to loose their virginity, and have a 'hot' girlfriend. The trials and errors which they incur is encapsulated in the comedy series The Inbetweeners.

                        The Inbetweeners follows the lives of Will, Simon, Jay and Neil. They all attend sixth form at Rudge Park Comprehensive, and seem uninspired with life, until the matter of girls come up. This mixed with cheap booze, is the focal point of many of the episodes. Each boy is funny and entertaining in their own right. I found parts of each episode very amusing, and other parts slightly annoying.

                        The main character would have to be Will. He comes from an upper class background and talks as if he has a nose peg on! Initially he is very 'straight' and actually quite irritating. I found his voice grating, and just wished he would relax and drop the accent. Although, entering a comprehensive, Will still insisted on wearing his blazer and carrying a briefcase, completely isolating himself from the other sixth formers. He does manage to join Simon, Jay and Neil, to make up the 'gang' of misfits. As the series develops, Will does relax and loosen up, becoming more rebellious, which is good to see.

                        Simon, the most normal of the group, and the one they are all friends with. He is in 'love', but she does not fancy him. Oh what a disaster, especially when drink is involved! Jay, who brags continuously (mostly completely untrue), is part of the caravan club with his parents. His father is a verbal bully and very crude, but does give excellent entertainment. Lastly, Neil, to call him a little bit vacant is an understatement. He is happy, in his own little world, being brought up by his 'gay' single parent father.

                        These four boys bring excellent entertainment, and lots of laughs. When the other characters are brought in, the episodes are enriched and more enjoyable.

                        Written by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, rated an 18, the series is rude, includes swearing and attempted sex. This all sounds pretty crude, but it is not. The writer's have put on to the screen what many of us have experienced whilst growing up. Of course they have elaborated and made it view worthy, but in many cases it is relevant to all our lives, especially the naivety of sex, and what to do!

                        When I first started to watch The Inbetweeners, it felt as if I had gone back to my youth and was watching an episode of Grange Hill. It all seemed very artificial, especially the school scenes (the outdoor scenes were fine). However, as the episode developed I got accustomed to the rather 'false' set, and the actual dialogue took over my attention. During the series, the boys do get out, in Simon's car, and visit a caravan park and Thorpe Park.

                        The boys actually speak about what's on their mind. Now, I cannot really tell you if all boys think like this as I am a girl, but from what I can gather many adolescent boys go through this stage! Their thoughts and conversations are dominated by sex. They love to brag, especially Jay, about who they would like to 'go' with. These conversations are all done in an extremely funny way. Their clumsiness and lack of knowledge are all hilariously captured in each episode. They try to act like grown ups, but haven't got a chance with so many hormones running through their bodies!

                        When I bought the Dvd, I had no idea really what it was about. Amazon told me as I had purchased Skins I may enjoy The Inbetweeners. I did enjoy Skins, but would certainly not put the two series in the same category. Skins was far more realistic and focused on teenage issues (including anorexia and drugs), as well as making me laugh in places. The Inbetweeners is total comedy. Taking these four young men and putting their issues onto the screen in an amusing way. It is lighthearted entertainment.

                        The Dvd had a few extra's. I enjoyed 'meet the cast', as it is always surprising to meet the real person. Will still spoke in the same grating voice though! The deleted scenes are always amusing.

                        I did enjoy the series, and look forward to watching the second. Each episode is 30 minutes long, so there are a lot of laughs in that half an hour (It's always good to laugh!). The character Will, was my only real problem, as his voice and characteristics did annoy me. However, I grew use to him, and found the whole series (there are 6 episodes) enjoyable, and too close to home in a couple of scenes!

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                          27.09.2009 21:43
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                          One you have to watch!

                          I first came across the Inbetweeners on BT vision, several months after it had been shown on E4 and actually watched series 2 first. The first one I watched made me laugh out loud (and it takes a lot for me to do that) and I had to watch all of them pretty much back to back.

                          I am now catching up on the first series as it is being shown on channel 4. But I didn't miss anything by watching it the wrong way round!

                          The programme follows the lives of 4 boys who are 17 and in the process of sitting their A levels. It is narrated in parts by Will who has moved to the new comprehensive school from a private school. He was being bullied in his last school and it is not hard to tell why. He wears a blazer to school and carries a brief case. He is very posh and likes things to be done the 'proper' way. In a word - he is a nerd!

                          On arriving at the school he attempts to make some friends. There are 2 other 'nerds' who start at the same time but he doesn't want to be friends with these so he befriends a group of 3 lads called Jay, Neil and Simon. At first they don't like him, but as time goes on they realise he isn't that bad and they become the best of friends.

                          It is called the Inbetweeners because this group of guys don't really fit into any of the groups that exist in a school. Will is the posh nerd, Jay thinks he is the school stud and has bedded most of the girls. Neil is the dumb one who doesn't always understand what is going on and Simon, is most respects, is quite normal.

                          In the beginning of series 1 Simon passes his driving test so most of the lads adventures involve the freedom of driving around.

                          What makes this programme so funny is that it is so true to life. I spent most of my school days at a girls school, but the last 4 years I did go to a mixed school. And it was exactly like this. It shows the highs and lows of being a teenager - skipping school and getting drunk, dealing with the embarrassing parents (or in Will's case - the Mum that everyone fancies) and the stress of trying to get a girl.

                          The programme can be quite graphic at times with obscene language (especially when Jay talks about girls) and some scenes of nudity. There are also some very cringe worthy moments including when the 4 of them decide to help out at an old peoples home in order to try and impress a girl.

                          At the moment there are only 2 series' and I am not sure if there are going to be any more. Unfortunately they only last for 30 minutes and there are only about 6 episodes in each series. I hope they are going to make more, but if you haven't seen it before then it is definitely worth watching.

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                            11.09.2009 16:08
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                            Not one to watch with your parents in the room

                            I rented this series last month and once I started I couldn't stop. I watched all six episodes back-to-back as I couldn't wait to find out what happened in the next episode. Luckily they are only about 22 minutes long each so it was easily done.

                            The series starts with posh Will starting at his local comprehensive due to his family breaking down. From the word go you just know that Will, clearly a nerd, is going to be the butt of many a joke but luckily he quickly manages to worm his way into the hearts of the other three misfits, where they can all be the butt of the joke together. The comedy is great in this series - filthy, coarse, sarcastic, piss-taking ...juvenile to the extreme but just very, very funny. I didn't attempt this series before as I felt I was a bit too old (about to hit 30) for school-based comedies but I was very, very wrong. It really made me realise how little I've grown up since school - I still call my mates funny names, make innuendos and bunk off as often as I can!

                            The plotlines are mostly realistic with a touch of "that would never happen" thrown in, as is the case with all situation comedies. You need to be quite hardy to watch it, I think, as I have a very open mind but even one or two of the comments from one of the characters made me squirm slightly. But on the whole it's just good, filthy fun!

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