Parents' Guide to

The Inbetweeners

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Teenage boys talk super dirty in witty high school comedy.

TV MTV Comedy 2010
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Bad copy of a funny British show

It is an exact replica of the British version. Copied often scene for scene and sometimes even word for word. Bearing in mind that this was cancelled by MTV after just one season while the British one made three, how could you rate this one a star higher? Uncreative Americans, again having to copy the British because you can't think of your own ideas. Clearly the review to the two shows were written by an American.

Is It Any Good?

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There's a very sharp writerly hand on the wheel of THE INBETWEENERS, which elevates the humor from dumb raunch to truly inspired filthiness in the same way the original British series did. But there's plenty here to trouble parents, who would probably prefer to watch the show themselves for a laugh, rather than have teens tune in. One gag will illustrate this concept: Will shows up to skip school with his friends and lies to one of their mothers that the van parked down the street is his. "I know it's a little molestery," he says, "but I got a great deal, from a molester. But he didn't molest in it, he just used it to um, transport for molesting." A few minutes later, the boys pass the van as a shirtless man leans out and offers them a ride. "Maybe later," says Simon. "You got cool muscles." A few minutes later, Will refers to having "dodged a rape."

If that set up and dialogue is hilarious to you, you'll find The Inbetweeners hysterical. And teens who are able to distinguish reality from hyperreal satire will probably also find The Inbetweeners very funny. But parents will want to talk to teens about sex, underage drinking, and treating each other with dignity and respect after they watch, though it would probably be too embarrassing to actually sit through all the sex jokes and watch together.

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