THIS BOY’S LIFE
The secret life of teenage boys is revealed in all its tawdry glory in The Inbetweeners. Guy Davis gives this schoolyard series top marks.
amount of time in the pursuit of alcoholic intoxication and physical intimacy. Or maybe that was just me and my mates back in the day.
According to the new UK comedy The Inbetweeners, things are the same all over when it comes to lads of a certain age. Best described as Superbad in the English suburbs, this riotous six-part series is a gleefully crude look at the teenage years.
But The Inbetweeners’ salty language and politically incorrect tone is a clever cover for its underlying warmth towards its quartet of characters, not to mention an astute understanding of how big talk and silly behaviour can mask insecurity and uncertainty.
Our narrator is Will ( Simon Bird), a former private-school boy who has transferred to a public school for his fi nal years of education. But reading, writing and arithmetic take a backseat to attracting “ fi t” girls (“ fi t” meaning fetching rather than healthy), getting boozed-up, avoiding the psychopathic school bully and, most crucially, fi nding a few friends.
Luckily, Will soon falls in with Simon ( Joe Thomas), a hopeless romantic smitten with the girl he’s adored since the age of eight, Jay ( James Buckley), whose tall tales of sexual success may not be 100 per cent accurate, and Neil ( Blake Harrison), who is, well, a little dim.
A quick glance at the dynamic between these four lads might give you the idea that they don’t much care for each other – after all, most of the time they’re mercilessly ragging on each other or each other’s parents.
Growing up is hard to do: Simon Bird, Blake Harrison, James Buckley and Joe Thomas
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