Ric’s Netflix Picks: “The Inbetweeners” and “The Inbetweeners Movie”
Did you have an awkward or difficult time in high school?
Whatever your answer, you’re wrong.
Will McKenzie (Simon Bird) is your stereotypical British, teenage loser. Following his parents divorce, he transfers to a new high school and is having a hard time making friends. Seeking any social foothold he can find, he latches onto the irritable Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas), the only person who will tolerate Will, and his small group of friends. The two of them, along with immature Jay Cartwright (James Buckley) and dim-witted Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison), struggle to find booze and seduce ladies.
From this seemingly innocuous premise rises an incredible funny sitcom. Over the course of three seasons and one movie, the four boys find mischief and misfortune wherever they go, usually by their own hands. Watching them flail and fail with so much hope in their eyes is wildly entertaining.
The series itself features a variety of shenanigans and life lessons, but the characters stay relatively stagnant in their development. The movie serves as a great closing to the story, as the four boys begin to really find their way.
On a related note, MTV did an American adaptation that was not well received. Keep an eye out for the upcoming sequel, The Inbetweeners Movie 2 and an Americanized version of the first movie called Virgins America.
The Inbetweeners 4.3 out of 5
The Inbetweeners Movie 4.7 out of 5
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