The Inbetweeners Review: As cringeworthingly brilliant as ever

April 2, 2009 by  
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THE INBETWEENERS: Thurs 2nd April, E4, 10pm Alert Me

Watching The Inbetweeners feels uncommonly like you’ve just rummaged about at the bottom of your wardrobe and found that pair of dayglo Reebok Pumps from your youth: amusing and entertaining to gawp at, but accompanied by an oddly unsettling, all-too-real emotional flashback to times you’d long ago filed into the ‘denial’ portion of your brain.

Because the reason it succeeds so well in making you laugh out loud, is that every embarrassing, often ludicrously benign teenage cock-up is, if not identical, always ridiculously truthful and faithful to those of your youth.

For every drug-fuelled, MILF-tastic experience that TV and Film regularly likes us to tell is the teenage norm, the majority of us will have experienced that frustratingly odd misplacement – not quite a cool kid, not quite a geek – just, you know, Inbetween.

The second series returns with the traditional Inbetweeners staple – not much happening. The sixth form is off on a field trip to the sunny, hedonistic climes of Swanage (yes, we had to Google Map it too), and the four lads are approaching it in their own unique ways: Jay is in search of a “mythical seaside milf? that – legend has it – goes down on pre-pubescents for a Cornetto, Neil is dorkily and unwittingly giving the come on to their paedophile of a Geography Teacher, and Simon and Will are left to battle over the affections of the new fit girl, Lauren, in the traditionally teenage way of backstabbing, bitching, Yoda impressions and fish-boxing (eh?).

The very definition of a sleeper hit, The Inbetweeners didn’t initially debut to that much of a fanfare, but with Skin’s arguably tired, shock-tactic third series, strong DVD sales of its first series and a shock Bafta nomination for Best Situation Comedy, it’s safe to say The Inbetweeners has become the teen-comedy of the moment.

And, unlike other recent underwhelming zeitgeisty ‘must-watches’ (Horne and Corden), on the showing of this first Season 2 episode, it’s deservedly so.

Matt Risley

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LOL. IT RALLY MAYD ME LARF. I WUZ LIKE LOLLING WHEN DEY MAKE JOKES ABOUT COCKS BECAUSE THAT IS RELLY WELL.