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Star – Simon Bird
Genre – Comedy
Run Time – 96 minutes
Certificate – 18
Country – U.K
Awards – 2 nominations.
Amazon – £4.99 DVD £7.00 Blue Ray
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Can there be a sitcom more of our times than the rather puerile and silly The Inbetweneers? The Channel Four show knew its target audience and went for it, the geeks and losers that hated school and didn’t really fit in, kids the tend to be smart, kids that grow up and end up writing and producing C4 shows. C4 are good at that middle ground and tend to make quirky clever stuff for a likewise audience than the increasingly banal crap on ITV and the BBC. British Muslims are not offended by the Mr Khan stereotype but just laughing at how terrible that sitcom is. You have to make the audience love that characters to make a sitcom work. It’s fair to say that was the case early on with The Inbetweeners, so the movie sequel wad only made because the fans demanded it on social media and crowd funding. The boys didn’t want to do it but they did and well worth it, doing $64 million world-wide and the highest grossing British film of 2014 at £33.3 million, beating Paddington (£27.9 million) into second place. It’s not a strong year for British film when a talking bear is narrowly beaten by Koala kicking teenagers.
If you don’t watch the TV show the set up is that we follow the ups and downs of four schoolboys going through upper school. Will (Simon Bird) plays the clever one with glasses and Jay (James Buckley) the class clown and biggest bullsh**er in the school. Neil (Blake Harrison) is the loveable dimwit and Simon (Joe Thomas) the angst ridden one. It’s based loosely on the writers growing up in Barnet North London. Although they are not supposed to be middle-class suburban kids destined for university and so all the arrogance and confidence that goes with they comes across as that in the end. The fact they are twentysomethings playing 17-18 year-olds also chips of the realism some although that subtle reality allows them to deliver more wordy lines.
Simon Bird ... Will McKenzie
James Buckley ... Jay Cartwright
Blake Harrison ... Neil Sutherland
Joe Thomas ... Simon Cooper
Emily Berrington ... Katie
Freddie Stroma ... Ben
David Field ... Uncle Bryan
Belinda Stewart-Wilson ... Polly MacKenzie
Tamla Kari ... Lucy
Lydia Rose Bewley ... Jane
David Schaal ... Terry
Alex Macqueen ... Kevin Sutherland
Greg Davies ... Mr. Gilbert
Martin Trenaman ... Alan Cooper
Robin Weaver ... Pamela Cooper
So the boys have finished school and moved into adulthood. Jay (James Buckley) is backpacking in Australia, Neil (Blake Harrison) is working in a bank and Will (Simon Bird) is just finishing university. Simon (Joe Cooper) is, well, in-between jobs after college.
Simon and Neil have been dumped since the last film and so the trio decides to surprise Jay and spend Easter in Australia. Jay has been telling them porky pies on Facebook on how well it’s going in Australia. On arrival the boys discover he is not an international DJ living in a mansion getting a blow job from a different girl every night but a nightclub toilet attendant living in tent in his uncle’s front garden.
With no bed for the night they decide to head to Byron Bay after Simon meets an old school friend in the club, pretty blonde Katie (Emily Berrington), who invites the boys to join her there at the backpackers. Simon thinks he is in and so off they go. But he has competition for Katie’s affections, hunky ‘trustaferian’ Ben (Freddie Stroma) labeling Simon a tourist not a ‘traveller’. The boys fail miserably to fit into the ‘spiritual’ side of being a traveler’.
Jay is also love struck for his ex, Lucy (Tamla Kari), who we discover is working in the Australian outback as a vet, the real reason Jay is Down Under. But is it really that wise for the boys to go look for her out there in the desert in a Peter Andre fans old $400 car? The answer is no.
I must admit that I never really got into the TV show and felt it was aimed at the type of people in the show. Losers. That’s why I waited for the movie to come on TV, and even then reticent. But I dipped in now and then on E4 and the show much smarter and funnier that you would think although an acquired taste the way the Peep Show is. It’s not universal humor. It had the naughtiness about it the way The Young Ones did but the jokes basic, silly and puerile when stripped down. But there is somehow a layer of sophistication and realism to it and plenty you can relate to in your schooldays.
Film one was funny as is film two. The writers just keep throwing jokes at you until you laugh, be it the puerile poo in the face swimming pool ones or sending up that whole pretentious backpacking scene. Many of you have been part of that scene in your younger days and it is an eye-opener. All those middle-class kids in the 1990s moaning about student debt are travelling around the world having a hell of a time the week after they graduate, or even during their course. Where did that money come from? I had been driving a forklift tuck for three years to get the money to go to Australia. All though jokes are obvious, ‘Ya’, you do nod and chuckle away. The whole thing with travelling and backpacking was the more time you spent on the road the more spiritual you apparently were, rather than the more subsidized by your parent, which you clearly were. Trust me; you race through three grand when you are having fun in the sun with beautiful interesting girls and the beach.
So did I like it? Yep, I enjoyed it. I even guffawed at the expected poo in the face gag. The directors/writers did push it a bit to get the gross out laughs including men drinking each others wee wee. I know lads can be lads but that’s going it a bit. The year out Australia vibe was pretty accurate and the jokes coming thick and fast on it. The signature humor was present and even though the guys had moved on from the Inbetweeners and didn’t really want to do the movie they gave it their full attention and produced another hit. It did feel a little forced and was certainly sexist and the women dreadful stereotypes but that’s who English guys see women I am afraid, in a permanent state of terror and intimidation around women.
Imdb.com – 6.5/10.0 (28,009votes)
Rottentomatos.com –69% critic’s approval
Metacriitc.com – 55% critic’s approval
Leonard Maltin Film Year Book –
Time Out –‘'The Inbetweeners 2' is riddled with contempt: for its characters, for its audience and most notably for the entire female gender’.
Independent –‘The comedy works by a process of attrition. When one gag fails, another follows it until, eventually, the film hits the funny bone.
Financial Times –‘Writer-directors Damon Beesley and Iain Morris manage to expand one hallmark, a gift for the grossest of gross-out, without diminishing the other - an essential sweetness of spirit’.
Movie Talk –‘Whereas the TV series peeled back the friends' puerility to reveal an essential sweetness, at feature-length their antics are simply crass’,
The Age –‘The focus remains firmly on the delusional quartet, confidently drawn and depicted. Things fall away around them, however: the supporting characters are less deftly written, and the female characters are particularly disposable’.
Daily Telegraph –‘ August 5, 2014fans of the series will be aware that these characters won't be - can't be - with us for much longer, and hoping that their final appearance will do them justice. If this is it, as it surely must be, then it does’.
Birmingham Mail –‘f there isn't an attempt to hit the lowest common denominator with the next bodily function gag, there's not much happening at all beyond the shouted dialogue’.
The Inbetweeners is a British comedy which focusses on a group of teenage lads who go to sixth form college. There were three series of it shown on Channel 4 and there was also a film. I have only watched the first two series.
First of all, as far as shows about six formers go, I think this one is a bit more realistic than Skins! The four main characters in The Inbetweeners are best friends but they are not particularly cool and popular. They are always trying (and usually failing) to pull girls and we see all their stupid jokes and things which they get up to.
The series is narrated by Will, who joined the school at the beginning of series 1 and moved from a private school. People laugh at him a bit for being posher than the others, and because he takes himself a bit seriously and can be really awkward at times, such as coming to school with a brief case on the first day. I find Will really funny but also the most endearing character of the four. He comes across as a bit of a hopeless prat at times, but quite well meaning. Sometimes he can be really pompous though, like on the episode in this series where he is supposed to have work experience at the local newspaper but due to a mix up he has to work in a garage. He starts telling the garage workers how he is too intelligent to do manual work and I was just cringing for him!
The other characters are Simon, who is a bit wet and seems to get a bit pushed around by the others sometimes. Since he got a car in series 1 he always ends up driving them around. He has a huge crush on a family friend, Carly, and he is always wondering what Carly will think about what he does and how he can get her attention.
Then there is Jay, who is by far the crudest one out of the four! He constantly makes dirty jokes and somewhat gross comments - sometimes I am watching it thinking "OMG, did he just say that!" but the way he talks does actually ring true as I remember loads of teenage boys being like this when we were that age, and some never seem to grow out of it! The thing with Jay is that it is all front and he actually is not really successful with girls, which makes it funnier. He also looks really awkward and it is funny to see him trying to be a stud when he is actually anything but.
The last one is Neil, who is a bit thick and often makes ridiculous comments or just does really stupid stuff.
There are only six episodes in the series. This is quite short, but it is typical for some of the Channel 4 comedies, like I think Peep Show also only has six episodes per series. I think six episodes is enough, as if it were much longer it would start to get repetitive I think. As it is, the show is already a bit samey, as you can always tell each episode is going to have the same formula - jokes from the lads, them trying to do something and at least one ending up making an idiot of himself. However, it is entertaining to watch and some of the themes of the episodes will be easily relateable to teenagers at sixth form, such as Duke of Edinburgh, work experience, taking their AS level exams, trying to get served in pubs and so on. I am a bit older than that now but I can remember those days very well and some of this brings it back to me!
In series two the episodes are
1. Field Trip
2. Work Experience
3. Will's Birthday
4. Night Out in London
5. Duke of Edinburgh
6. End of Term
Overall I would say it is a funny show, but I don't feel the need to own the DVD of it. I watched the whole series on 4 OD, and all the series are available there. Therefore I can't comment on any of the DVD features.
For those of you who don't know, The Inbetweeners is a British Sitcom which was broadcast between 2008 and 2010. To date there have been three series and one movie.
The Inbetweeners Series 2 was released in the United Kingdom in 2009. The DVD features all the episodes from series 2 that were shown on the television. The DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £7.32, although I managed to get my 'used' copy for just £1.97 which I thought was excellent value for money.
This series is just as good as the first; the boys go on a school trip, go on a week of work experience, go on a night out to London, Celebrate Will's birthday and take their exams. Each episode is just as funny as the others and is guaranteed to have me in stitches.
One of the funniest things about this show is the fact that as it is based on 4 guys aged 17-18 who are still in school - we can all relate to it.
Something else I love about this show is the fact that you can watch it once and laugh your head off, and then you can watch it again and laugh your head off just as much.
The Inbetweeners are very, very rude; if you like crude, adult humour then you will love this. I find it really funny and am always in stitches laughing about something. Obviously, if you are easily offended then this is not for you. This DVD is an 18 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of 18 as it is very rude with lots of bad language.
I love the four main characters; Will, Simon, Jay and Neil. They are all different and bring something unique to the show. I can't pick a favourite as there are parts of each character which I like. I think that Neil is very funny though as he is so dumb and believes everything.
All in all, if you like a laugh then I would definitely recommend this DVD.
Thanks for reading!
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I received The Inbetweeners Series 1 for Christmas and thought it was great so prompty ordered series 2 on the internet. Was looking forward to watching it but slightly worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations ... I need not have worried as it was just as hilarious, just as smutty and just as well written as the first series.
The programme is centred around 4 'nerdy' boys at secondary school doing their A levels who aspire to be popular with girls as well as popular with the 'in crowd' at school. The series covers various school trips, birthdays, discos, weekends away all with very funny consequences.
There is an awful lot of bad language, sexual content and general rudeness and smut but if you are not put off by that, I am sure you will find it very very funny.
The DVD has 6 episodes, each one approximately 30 minutes long. There are the usual out-takes although I haven't watched these yet.
A brilliant DVD, well worth the money......and still selling on Ebay for almost as much as new so you can recycle and purchase series 3 with the proceeds!
Roll on series 3!
The Inbetweeners is a series originally shown on E4. It is a comedy centered around 4 teenage boys who are doing their A-levels. The show has a rude nature so is not for those who take offence to swearing or sexual remarks. This is a review of the series rather than the DVD so I cannot comment on extras.
The Inbetweeners follows Will, Jay, Neil and Simon. They aren't exactly the cool kids at school and actually get called names but they like to think (Jay especially) that they are cool and that all the girls fancy them. The programme follows the boys antics and is a great follow on from series one.
Series 2 had just 6 episodes (why werent there more!) and followed the boys throughout year 12 of their education. Each episode lasts 30 minutes. The DVD is rated an 18.
Episode 1-The Field Trip.
A school field trip has been arranged for those studying sociology and geography. Neil doesnt study either but decides to go along anyway whilst Jay is on the look out for a sexually experienced older woman he has heard about. This episode is very funny and it is nice to see the boys outside of their school and home settings. The ending is absolute classic and something I'm sure a lot of people will remember for years to come.
Episode 2-Work Experience.
Will has written to the local newspaper requesting to do his work experience there. However, there is some sort of mix up and he ends up in the local garage whilst Neil gets to go to the paper. Will thinks he is too good for the garage and makes this no secret leading to terrible results. Again, a classic comedy episode that had me laughing throughout.
Episode 3-Will's Birthday
Will has organised his own birthday meal and is expecting his 3 best friends to turn up with female company. However, none of them do so they decide to look further afield to a party where Will ends up crawling in dog poo! Hilarious, Will steals the show in this episode and is absolutely brilliant throughout.
Episode 4-Night out in London
The boys decide they need a new image at school in order to make new friends and attract some female attention. Therefore they decide a night out in London should do the trick. Neil offers to drive, telling them he passed his test the week before and even has a car. However, when they turn up Neil forgot to tell them the car is currently off the road! Again, a very funny episode, not one of my favourites from this series but still hilarious comedy.
Episode 5-The Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Will decides they should all sign up to the DoE awards in order to boost their CV's, the other guys arent keen but when Will meets an old friend who is desperate for help in an old peoples home he manages to persuade the others. However, the friends learn old people can be very difficult and in addition to this, so can Jay! Very amusing, this episode is actually quite sick in places but still very very funny!
Episode 6-End of term
Without a doubt my favourite episode of the entire series. It is the end of term and the boys are meant to be busy revising for their exams. However, most of them seem to have more important things on their plates - mainly girls! Will on the other hand has gone into panic mode and is fuelling himself on energy drinks to get himself through the exams! Absolutely hilarious, laugh out loud comedy during Will's final exam. Had me in stitches for ages!
Brilliant series, very funny and definitely worth a watch as long as you dont mind some rude humour! The characters are so similar to those you would find in schools today which makes it even more realistic. I cannot wait for series three and can happily watch series 2 over and over as it is just so funny.
I had extremely high hopes for the second season of The Inbetweeners after the amazing success the first season had. I enjoyed every episode of the second season and there were some hilarious moments (the moment with the fish in the boat in particular). It was also interesting to see the four boys develop more relationships with women, although usually as unsuccessful as last season. Although there were funny moments and I thoroughly enjoyed the second season of The Inbetweeners, personally I don't think it was as funny as the first season. I was slightly disappointed, but in fairness, this may have been because of my high expectations. There wasn't as many laugh out loud moments as there was in the first season. Saying this, it is still one of the funniest DVDs around (just not as funny as the first) and I recommend it is purchased. As a warning, I don't think it is at all suitable for under 14's. It can be very crude, and the writers make it hilarious, but it may not be suitable for a younger audience. I feel the series needs to have more episodes, and also the individual episodes are rather short (although this can be a good thing if you only have 20 minutes and want a laugh).
Overall, complete genius! Just is slightly topped by series 1.
The Inbetweeners Season 2 is a hilariously childish take on school life, starring Briefcase-carrying nerd Will (Simon Bird), socially inadequate Simon (Joe Thomas), sex-mad Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison), it follows the adventures of four teenagers as they bond, try to get laid and learn about life.....the hard way!!
Season Two is made up of six hilarious episodes where the humour is always base, and as we found at Christmas not entirely appropriate when you have elderly relatives in the living room, but there are more than enough laughs for viewers of all ages.
The Field Trip - A school geography trip to Swanage becomes a rites of passage as Will and Simon fall out over a girl, Jay goes on the hunt for a mythical MILF who seeks out schoolboys on the trip and Neil gets harassed by a child hungry teacher. Typical school trip then!!
Work Experience - Will has his heart set on work experience at the local paper, somehow his and Neil's applications get mixed up and he ends up at a mechanics whilst Neil works at the paper. Mixing his trademark nerdy nature with laddish mechanics is a recipe for disaster, while Simon is bullied by a twelve year old after an unfortunate incident at an under 18's party.
Will's Birthday - Will has big plans for his birthday, unfortunately nobody else does except his mum who buys him an awful vest, the lads come round along with Simons exchange student friend who proves to be a real pain in the bum for all of them.
Night out in London - The lad's decide to ditch their geeky nature, however an incident involving a tramps messy shoes, a crazed warehouse owner and an unfortunate incident in a toilet for Jay and Neil makes them realise they are who they are.
The Duke of Edinburgh Awards - Will tries to persuade the boys to work in an OAP home as part of their work for the DOE awards(because he fancies someone who works there), his romantic ideals fall apart as Jay is caught doing something utterly inappropriate in an old ladies bedroom.
Exam Time- Final exams, will the lads make it, will Simon capture the heart of the girl he loves, Jay has a girlfriend who is real, will he make it work and will Neil remember his PE kit, unfortunately all of these things pale into insignificance compared to the mess Will gets himself into.
I think this show is childish, puerile and rude and its incredibly funny, the main foursome are excellent, Simon Bird is a good lead as Will, while James Buckley in particular is outstanding as the mucky Jay, he captures his inadequacy and his sensitivity perfectly, these are six excellent comedy episodes combining the teen humour of something like Animal House with a more sophisticated show such as Peep Show, the set pieces are excellent, the script is hilarious and its one of the best comedies I've seen in a long time.
You can watch all the episodes on 4OD or get both series for £9.99 on Amazon.
The Inbetweeners is back, this is the second series which was hugely anticipated due to the hilarity and excellence of its predecessor, the series premiered on the 2nd of April 2009, the series pretty much continues from where the first series ended, and the four lads are now in their second year of sixth form.
MY PERSONAL VIEW
This series in my opinion was just as fantastic and successful in what it was trying to achieve as the first series, it again was packed with embarrassing, funny, awkward, stupid and over the top scenes
EPISODE ONE - Field Trip: the series kicks off with the four lads going on a residential trip in conjunction with their Geography/Sociology A level courses, Neil does not take either of these subjects however is attending in order to 'help out Mr Kennedy' who is said to be a pedophile. also the only reason Jay took the subjects is to find a middle aged woman on the trip who is said to have sex with one teen from the school each year, will takes the lads on a boat trip which ends in Neil punching a fish to death and Simon naked with only a sock to hide his manhood
EPISODE TWO - Work experience: the sixth form is sending year thirteen students on a work experience placement, Will is supposed to be attending a local news paper as he wants to go into journalism later in life, Neil on the other hand has applied to go to a local garage, however there has been a mix up between the two which 'cannot be fixed', this means they both go to the opposite placements, which doesn't go down very well with will.
EPISODE THREE - Wills Birthday: will is supposed to be celebrating his 18th Birthday by having a very boring dinner party in which only the three lads and simon's french exchange students attend, due to their attempts at getting any girls to attend fails miserably.
On the same night a very popular party is being hosted which they are not invited to, however they all agree in the end to sneek into the party.
EPISODE FOUR - Night out in London - At sixth form Carly and her friend end up in conversation with the lads about clubbing in which they boast 'we go all the time' this ends in them all agreeing to go clubbing in London.
Simon reluctant due to his dad not allowing him to drive that far gives in due to him wanting to desperately impress carly, however when he gets there he realizes there is a 'No trainer policy' so he ends up trading shoes with a tramp, also due to not being able to find a parking space they park in front of a 24 hour access warehouse which ends up in the car being clamped and a crazy guy demanding two hundred quid.
EPISODE FIVE - The Duke of Edinburgh award - Will signs up him and the lads to help out at a retirement home in order to complete a D of E module, Daisy who works at the home informs will that she would like the next few days/nights off work which will agrees for him and the lads to work on, however neil & simon have other plans, however Jay agrees to help if he is paid.
A prank is played on Will before his date with daisy in which is pubic hair falls out, hilariously he tries to cover this up by putting a womans wig down his trousers.
EPISODE SIX - Exam time: exams are near but it seems Neil & Jay don't know the importance of passing their A levels and instead of revising go about their normal lives, Simon helps carly revise for geography which he doesn't take.
The only person who has been revising solidly as you probably have guessed is Will, however he is not at an advantage at all, due to his lack of sleep and huge intake of energy drinks its unlikely that he is taking anything in what so ever.
In wills last exam he is very ill which isn't surprising considering what his body has been through the last few days...
The second series of the inbetweeners is just as outrageous, crude, and well made as the first, and will provide countless hours of laughter.
Series Two of the Inbetweeners kicks off where its wonderful predecessor left off, taking a none-too-high-brow look at what it means to be "inbetween".
Neither child nor adult, not especially adored or despised at school, able to maintain awkward friendships with the opposite sex without the faintest idea of how to seduce them with one's dubious charms - these are only the more straightforward dilemmas affecting Will, Simon, Jay and Neil as they enter their second term at Rudge Park Comprehensive's Sixth Form.
Equally rude, similarly crude and every bit as lewd - but also probably even funnier than the first instalment, The Inbetweeners is a comedy that will strike a chord with all too many of us. Actually, several chords - one of empathy, certainly; if you've been or known a seventeen year-old boy before, you'll recognise plenty of what unfolds here. A chord of pity and contempt, probably, too - but even as you're laughing at the awkwardness and pathetic behaviour of the boys, it may well occur that you weren't so far removed.
This is the greatest strength of the Inbetweeners - that it feels so wonderfully real. The dialogue exchanged between the boys - posh Will, love-lorn Simon, laddish Jay and gormless Neil - is inevitably hilarious, but it's also a fantastically recalled tribute to adolescence, and all the questionable delights it entails.
Series Two takes on much the same format as the first - six twenty-five minute episodes set in and (more often) out of college. A number of storylines are carried over from the opening half-dozen instalments, alongside a number of self-contained storylines. Again, the show plays on a wonderful blend of slapstick, sharply-scripted dialogue which rings all too true of teenage boys and utterly horrendous moments of deep cringing. The comedy comes from all sides and all characters, and is never too predictable - if one scene doesn't work for you, another is bound to moments later.
Highlights of the series include a set of wholly inappropriate work experience placements, predictably disastrous volunteering in an old people's home and an ill-advised field trip in which Jay is determined to track down a legendary yummy-mummy with a taste for college boys. Jay's sexual appetite, which occurs more often in his head than in reality, in a recurring motif of the show - however, one of its many strengths lies in the balance of personalities on show, meaning that however puerile one character's one-man-stream of smut is, the tone of the series doesn't necessarily follow; the other, less crude, individuals steadying the ship.
If there's a weakness to the series, it's only that there are so few episodes - a dozen make up the total of the two series to date, and at a very modest twenty-five minutes a piece, you can watch a whole series straight through before you've finishing watching Australia once. On the plus side, this tends to make you appreciate what's on offer all the more, and keeps the concept and characters fresh. There's plenty more to come from the Inbetweeners - starting off with next year's series three and a forthcoming film - and once you're done with this wonderful collection and its so-so extras, you'll be glad of their impending return.
The Imbetweeners is Back and the whole gang return for a hilarious second outing.
Will and the gang are stil trying to fit in and get more notice from girls with great results.
The episodes again are an individual story and last in the standard half hour format. The series has some of the best scenes and stories yet with will and the gang on a scholl trip which results in utter choas when stuck n a boat with a nacked simon.
other Highlights include the duke of endinburg sceme where jay takes it upon him self to be crude and make a mistake in front of an old lady.
The series has improved upon the first series and the cast are more confident in there characters. even the smaller roles are fleshed out and funny with Will's mum being a highlight.
The Principle is back and as grumpy as ever the the last episode involves him and will in a smelly situation that will leave you laughing until long after the episode. The Dvd higlights are a treat with all four boys participating in some very funny interviews.
A cracking dvd to own
I have never been a big fan of comedic tv programmes, and was only interested in a certain comedic *cough* Lee Evans *cough*. The first time I saw number one advertise was on Channel 4, and it looked very exciting. Yes, i watched the first series and I absoloutly loved it. One of the best KEY comedy for me is the sarcasm people bring fourth to their acting, but they have to be very good at it. In Inbetweeners Simon Bird who plays Will Mackenzie, does this excellent sarcasm approach in this programme. I think he is just pure funny.
Now series 2 came onto our screens recently and It was time for a second term. The nerdy brief case holding, sarcastic lad who just wants to get laid, Is back! With his awesome outsider friends.
My opinion to Series 2 alters from Series 1. Number 2 lacked funny comedy. It just wasnt as good as number one. Maybe that was because they have introduced the characters and shown how they behave in the acting, but series 2 just felt like a quick chip off the old block, with some SERIOUS issues to their ''funny'' moments. The wacking the fish in the face until you see blood and guts was just a bit over the top. There was also the episode where Jay needs to ''pleasure'' himself and uses a picture, to find out it was an old granny.
It was just a bit too cheesey this time round. They have added in new characters who haven't lasted, and the fact that when you are ready to go to your work placement, it shows the ''comic'' side of being bullied and thrown into a lake. Not funny.
Im hoping series 3 is different, it should relate to the characters and their school life, but the random fishing trips where people are naked and wacking fish with shoes is a bit too weird. All and all, I love this programme! I just love Simon Bird. Hes my sarcastic man.
REVIEW OF THE INBETWEENERS SERIES TWO DVD
This is an updated/adapted review from my own on ciao as dtait07
The Inbetweeners is a bafta nominated British Sitcom created by Damon Beesley (Flight of the Conchords) and Iain Morris (Peep Show) that follows the life and times of four teenage boys in the school sixth form. In the first series Will (played by Simon Bird) suffers the pain of his parents divorce by having to move from his private education to join Rudge Park Comprehensive. It is here he meets Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison). The four boys together aren't quite fully paid up geeks but aren't exactly popular either; they are inbetweeners.
Run, and then rerun on E4 Inbetweeners picked up a cult following due to its blend of adult humour and clever writing. Series Two came back with much more hype surrounding the comedy and a bigger following. This is the review of the DVD release of series two, which gives a brief outline of the characters and the episode plots without giving too much away so that no enjoyment is spoilt when watching: -
The same characters that were success in the first series all reappear in series two. For those who are unaware, here is a quick breakdown: -
WILL - The narrator of the show as well as main character, Will has a chip on his shoulder about being moved from private education but slowly succumbs to the manners, or lack of, that the other boys have. Pines for Charlotte 'big jugs' despite her being much more experienced and cooler than himself.
SIMON - Obsessed with Carli D'Amato who like Charlotte with Will is perhaps out of his league. Being a confused teenager Simon often shows rubbish attempts to win her heart. Usually the butt of jokes from Jay.
JAY - Compulsive liar who talks about sex and little else. Comes across as an expert despite the fact that in reality he is the total opposite. The only person who is his match is his dad who ridicules him endlessly.
NEIL - No common sense, the slow member of the group. Idolises Jay and is gullible enough to believe all his stories.
CARLI - Simons love interest though thinks of him as a friend due to being neighbours since a young age
CHARLOTTE - Promiscuous girl who leads Will on
MR GILBERT - Head of sixth form and doesn't particularly like pupils
DONOVAN - School bully who has a past with Charlotte which makes Will an easy target
WILLS MUM - All the group (except Will) think she is fit
NEILS DAD - All the group (except Neil) think he is gay
JAYS DAD - Puts Jay down a peg a two every chance he gets
SIMONS MUM AND DAD - Much to Simon's embarrassment have a very open sex life
#1 FIELD TRIP - Group go on a school trip for Geography to Swanage where Jay believes there is a sexy MILF on the look out for one lucky pupil. Will hires a boat to impress a new girl but ends up with the four of them branching out to sea but ends up rocking the boat with consequences that involve Simon being naked, catching a fish and calling the sea police. 9/10
#2 WORK EXPERIENCE - A mix up means that Will and Neil get each others preferred placements. Will informs the garage that he is too good for them, probably now with a hint of regret, and Neil ends up basking in glory at the local newspaper. Following Charlotte to her job as a bar maid at an underage disco the four end up (via Simon) being started on by a real hard kid, who is about three years below them! 9/10
#3 WILLS BIRTHDAY - Will holds his 'dinner party' on the same night as a popular party, which they weren't even invited too. Will gets a boy band style vest for his main present, which requires him to wear on his big night. Simon has a over horny French exchange student. When the dinner party doesn't go to plan they end up trying to get into Louise Grahams party with hilarious consequences 10/10
#4 NIGHT OUT IN LONDON - Upon hearing Carli is going clubbing in London Simon gives in and drives the boys to the capital though the night ends up, as usual, not going strictly to plan. They all get in, except Simon because of his brand new, sparkling white trainers. Luckily a tramp is on hand to sell him his urine filled shoes. 8/10
#5 DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARDS - Will's push to get the boys onto the Duke of Edinburgh scheme sees them help out at the old peoples home. Will gets a chance of love with an older worker who used to babysit him years ago. Unfortunately Jay plays a practical joke on him which leaves Will in a confused state in his quest for love 8/10
# EXAM TIME - The series comes to a close, like school does, with exams. Will is so psyched for them he leaves nothing to chance and replaces sleep with energy drinks which lead to a wrecked stomach. Jay actually has a girlfriend and seems a changed guy, as does Simon when Carli asks to come over to revise just after splitting up with her boyfriend. You should know by now it doesn't all go to plan 9/10
What is good about the inbetweeners is the well written and thought out characters. From the main ones discussed earlier to the one off appearances such as the Irish student in the field trip episode. The humour is what attracts people to the show; it is very male orientated with consistent references to sex and quite graphic in parts. It is all good natured though and what I enjoy about it is the attention to detail. Field trips, trying to get into clubs, work experience and exams are all part of student life. The programme is a comedic view on these events. If you like Peep Show I would say this is to be recommended. Although not entirely the same, it does share the alternative sense of humour to say more straightforward comedy's such as my family.
***WHAT MIGHT PUT YOU OFF***
The easily offended, or people that don't like the slang terms for certain parts of the anatomy will definitely want to stay away. It is an 18 for a reason and that is due to the high percentage of swear words.
Play.com are stocking currently at £11.99, which is the usual starting point in supermarkets but at only £17.99 for the box set (series 1+2) it may be a more viable, cost effective to get that. I think to pay anything over and above £10 for any DVD when there are so many retailers out there, I believe its worth searching around. Amazon look to be selling under £10 but check the P+P add ons before buying.
Another bonus is the extras on the DVD which run at nearly an hours worth of footage. DVDs can vary in quality and quantity of extras but an hour of special features make this more value for money. The standard DVD commentary is available as is deleted scenes, some of which are so funny you wonder how they didn't make the cut. Probably the best extras are the cast video diaries where you get up close and personal with all the actors, and the field trip featurette where you get to see how the field trip episode was made.
The front of the DVD says "funniest show on telly" (news of the world) and I couldn't agree more. Inbetweeners is witty, clever and unique in comparison with the number of mundane comedies out there. The characters are well thought out and everyone who watches it has a different favourite character and episode. This is a strength to inbetweeners. The biggest worry is the age of the actors, all although young looking, are much older than their characters. They will have to work fast to churn out more series, which hopefully wont compromise on quality. There is also the age of the characters to consider, what next, university? I certainly hope so!
This has to be one of the funniest tv shows ive seen in a long time. Nearly every episode has me crying from laughing so much. I have to admit though, it isnt a show for everyone and you do need to have a certain sense of humour.
The show follows a group of 4 friends in sixth form college. Unlike most teen shows around where everyone is beautiful and popular, this certainly isnt the case anymore. Will, the exchange student has made some friends, who are just as much geeks and losers as he is!
Series 2 was my favourite. The stories were a lot funnier than before and we get a bit more insight into the characters' lives.
The main character, Will, does annoy me slightly but the other 3 main characters are good enough to put that aside. Jay is my favourite out of the bunch but from most people i speak to, he's theirs too. He's so full of bs its unbelievable and thats what makes him so funny. His stories are so far fetched that no one ever believes what he says anyways. Never stops him from being deadly serious about his lies though!
The only thing i didnt like about series 2, was the fact there are only 6 episodes. Its not even close to being enough!! Come on channel 4...at least make it 9 or 10 like skins!
This show is a hilarious comedy about four teenagers who want to climb the social ladder. Over the six episodes the four go through different mishaps that will leave you in stitches. Booze, birds and having fun is what the lads do inbetween their a levels, showing the highs and lows of their misfortunate events. One of the most funniest characters is jay with his sexual innuendoes, yet they do make you cringe they are that bad! The dvd also is stacked with special features and the outakes are a must see as they are very funny and tell you about the creation of every episode. The inbetweeners series 2 is great production by channel 4 and the crige worthy comedy will leave you breathless from laughing. This is a definate must see for all comedy watching people, however it is not for the faint hearted! It has lived up to be just as good as the first series.
This show provides the perfect amount of cringing hilarity and cool catch phrases, even if the series is incredibly short.
The incredibly short series is the major problem with the show I believe. With 4od free, I would probably suggest not buying the series, as only 6 episodes for £11.98 at amazon, it doesn't seem worth it, even with special features. If you have E4 it will probably be replayed soon, so spending precious money on a short, albeit funny series seems a waste to me. But if you have the money, go for it because you will surely enjoy it.
But back to the actual show! The are many funny moments, mainly consisting of the characters constant drive to lose their virginity. the four main characters are all unique and funny in different ways. With moments including the lads beating a fish to death, losing control of their bowels and getting mugged by children half their age lead to a hilarious show which is recomended to anyone who can cope with some embarasing comedy moments.
The acting in the show is great and the characters are all believable, unlike in other shows with teenagers (skins). The characters are likable, some more than others, and you really want the characters to succeed in life! This makes the show even better as you watch not just for the comedy moments but also to see what happens to the characters and how their life pans out.
The show isn't for everyone, and I know a few people who didn't enjoy it as much as me; the humour can be pretty crude, but if that is your thing then watch this amazing comedy series!