Filmy Friendships: The InBetweeners

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
Anais Nin

I love to laugh but honestly, not much recently borders on the witty, classic, situation comedy, I long to see, therefore, I usually find myself unabashedly attached to anything Brit that makes me giggle and this group of oddly gathered, excruciatingly awkward and equally embarrassing high-school boys, somehow taps my funny bone in ways, I have to admit, I am rather ashamed.  Though, I’m sure you I hoped, I was going to be poignant the entire month, I must inform you, I’m really not that intellectual of a person, therefore, I thought that this set of misfits is just what a celebration of friendship needs— tons of bare butt shenanigans and plain old toilet humor.

The Inbetweeeners, was originally a comedic drama series formatted into a feature film last year.  The drama lives up to it’s title, chronicling the lives of teenage boys in the transitional part of adolescence where brotherhood is set aside for the coy smile of a pretty girl and there is nothing more important that not being noticed.

Official Synopsis:  The show follows the life of suburban teenager Will McKenzie and three of his friends at the fictional Rudge Park Comprehensive. The script for the show (as is most dialogue between adolescent boys) is of a very adult nature and includes frequent use of extreme expletives and derogatory terms of a sexual nature. There is a skilfully crafted environment for the show involving typical, almost clichéd, situations of school bullying, broken family life, indifferent school staff and ridiculous (largely failed) sexual encounters. Most viewers will be able to immediately identify with at least some of the characters, situations and events as paralleling those from their own school year experiences.

Cast: Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison

Series: The Inbetweeners is the original series created by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris which ran for three consecutive series from the years 2008 to 2010 on E4. It went on to win two BAFTAs for Best Situation Comedy, then racked up British Comedy Awards for Best Comedy (2010) and Outstanding Contribution to British Comedy (2011). And if that’s not enough, it has followed the likes of British series Coupling, Dr. WhoThe Office and Skins in grabbing an American adaptation due to premiere sometime within the next year.

Can’t say this piece of news is surprising or exciting, for I’ve never seen an adaption that has ever lived up to the original magic of the original series, the most one can hope for is this venture skims the cream The Office has rendered .

Film Synopsis: The movie had it’s  UK release in August 2011 and the US  July 2012 and picks up the story virtually where the audience left the boys in the last series.

The boys pass their A-levels and are flying high until each experience an emotional blow, iron clad with a breakup, a death and parental wedding bells. To bring a little joy back into their lives, that only bagging girls can do, Neil books them on a vacation and they sail off for the fun and sun of Malia. 



Thoughts: This story isn’t full of brand spanking new characters, but the collection of these four guys together gives the show the authentic feel and spin it needs to keep you coming back for more. I won’t even try to pretend that The Inbetweeners is this “coming-of-age” heart-warming depiction of bromance or a touching journey of friendship, sprinkled with funny, ripe for an After School Special— however, it is a glimpse into the ways that friendships are forged at times. Jay, Will, Neil and Simon are kids that just fall in line, stuck together and in the end, will more than likely remain so. For, it doesn’t matter how a friendship began but how it progresses and survives. These boys endure some of the most horrifying shame that creates, spurns and strengthens the most hilariously reluctant camaraderie I’ve ever seen depicted on screen but their outcast adorkable station of existence, bonds them and makes for a prime example of the beginning of a solid relationship. Throughout each season, we sit back and cringe, as they struggle through the world of societal pressures of high school, tackling all the milestones a teen drama needs, from drinking to sex, driving to year-end exams, the evolution of crush to love and the devastation of rejection. No, they aren’t loyal, or integral, whilst encouraging each other to crash and burn, snickering the entire way but ultimately, they somehow wind up together, no matter how hard they want or try to ditch one another— and when they’re forty, that’s all that’s going to matter.


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