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There are only so many hours in a day, which is why you can't waste your time at work watching just ANYTHING on Netflix Instant. That's why I swim through the krill that is online streaming content and filter out only the choicest, juiciest plankton for your enjoyment. Or something. Anyway, it's called WootFlix.

This week's show: Another British sitcom, "The Inbetweeners"

What's the pitch?
Four social outcasts find solace in each other in high school while desperately trying to work their way up the pecking order and get laid.

Who's in it?
Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison, and James Buckley. Recognize them? Me either.

So how is it?
Juvenile, but in a good way. I won't try to fancy it up and say it's a fresh take on the age old teen comedy or anything; it could very easily be called "American Pie: British Accent Version," but for some reason I still find it charming. I swear I'm not some weird, obsessive Anglophile or anything, but I find a lot of British sitcoms much more entertaining than American. I feel like the writing is crisper, and the fact that they have far fewer episodes in a season means there's much less time wasted before they get to the point.

So if you're not into comedies about the foibles of adolescence and you might get asked uncomfortable questions about why you're watching some (20-something actors portraying) teenagers making out, maybe skip it. Otherwise, the banter is sufficiently amusing, the scrapes the boys get into are sometimes cringe-inducing on a level only "Peep Show" has ever demonstrated for me before (and I mean that as a compliment - I love "awkward situation" humor), and the characters are charming enough, even if they're a bit one note (The smart one, the lovesick one, the dumb one, and the blustery braggart).

There are three seasons, although only two are available online right now, and at six episodes a piece it won't take you long to burn through them. At which point if you're hooked, you'll have to wait for the movie due out in August. My only real disappointment was the underuse of Greg Davies as Mr. Gilbert. He's set up as a potential antagonist for the group but shows up only occasionally to insult the boys and exit stage left.

Give the show a shot if you're into teen comedy, and I swear next time I'll make myself review something that's not British.

Got a recommendation for Randall to review? What did you think of "The Inbetweeners?" Let us know in the comments!"

sunnyx0r


quality posts: 9 Private Messages sunnyx0r

I love The Inbetweeners and had no idea that there's a movie coming out. Thanks, WootFlix!

llandar


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sunnyx0r wrote:I love The Inbetweeners and had no idea that there's a movie coming out. Thanks, WootFlix!



It's scheduled for release in Great Britain in August, so I'm not sure how long it'll take to filter across the Atlantic or how hard you might have to look to find it. But it's coming!

Moueska


quality posts: 54 Private Messages Moueska

... Do UHF for those who haven't seen it and don't know anything about Weird Al.

Be sure to note how many D-listers ended up as B-listers later in their careers.

Weird Al was being touted as the "New Woody Allen" at the time - the irony does not escape him, and there's some notes of sadness when he mentions it in the commentary.

evapor8ed


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I absolutely loved the show. I ended up liking it so much that i bought the third season on my own because I couldn't wait to see it. I highly recommend this to anyone like juvenile yet clever British humor. I didn't think that at 30 I would want to watch the show about high schoolers, but the show proved me wrong.

tatr2066


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llandar wrote:It's scheduled for release in Great Britain in August, so I'm not sure how long it'll take to filter across the Atlantic or how hard you might have to look to find it. But it's coming!



The movie came out in the UK last August(2011). I hear it is coming to the US this September. Love the show, movie is worth a watch.

llandar


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tatr2066 wrote:The movie came out in the UK last August(2011). I hear it is coming to the US this September. Love the show, movie is worth a watch.



I stand corrected!

ilianna


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The Inbetweeners is one of my favorites! It makes my heartplace weep that MTV is making a US version. They already mangled Skins. I swear, if they touch Misfits I am going to have to pen strongly worded missive!