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There is only two words all together in the world to describe the
Inbetweeners USA.And those words are lazy and stupid.As a huge fan of
the original version I am very annoyed at this.When I first saw the
trailer for this show I was thinking this has to be the biggest piece
of crap of the year.I was wrong.It is the biggest piece of crap in at
least 5 years.
In an interview the cast of the remake quoted they took the jokes from the original and americanized them or something like that.But when I watched the pilot all the jokes,lines,situations etc were the exact same as the original.Some people might ask If the jokes are the same than what's there to complain about?Well using the exact same jokes and lines just shows laziness, IN-creativity and more off a reason why a US remake was just pointless.
The acting is really bad.I mean Paris Hilton bad.And the characters are monstrous compared to the original characters. Jay's voice is really annoying and he's tremendously overweight.Simon and Will look like the Jonas Brothers.And Neil(who was my favorite character in the original) looks like a stoner.In the original Neil was funny stupid.In the US version he's stupid stupid. I'm not hating on American's or anything like that but it's about time they start making up new idea's for comedy's instead of remaking British ones and ruining them.To sum it up."If it's not broken then don't fix it".
I really don't understand the reason of making this at all. I find it
quite insulting that anyone would even try and match the original
programme. No disrespect to American broadcasting but the ultimate
question is why? The cast is overall weird and the programme is poorly
acted and constructed, ad least try and re brand it but do things
different instead of trying to copy the original series directly.
Oveall this is not worth watching and another season probably wont be
Its just overall insulting and even the preview on here and especially you-tube people were already annoyed with this programme.
I do not even know where to begin...let's just say i watched the first
episode and in order to erase it from memory (tried but it was so bad
that nothing good could do it) i watched all 3 seasons and the movie of
the original... What on earth they were thinking before they made this!
I mean OK fine let's make a US version but surely to copy the UK one at
times line by line then make a total (in words of Simon) Sh*t, is
I am hearing there might be a US movie version on the horizon but for the love of god, hope this does not happen!!!
Just to summarize, do not waste your time watching this, the first episode was so bad that i very much doubt this can possibly get better with more!
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The description says that this series is based on the UK version of "The Inbetweeners". In each episode I actually look for the differences...it's the same story, same everything but in the US. I don't even think they made an effort to translate British teenagers problem into American teenagers problems (cf the car...) It has its moment and yes I laughed to one or two lines but only probably because I did not remember it from the UK version... I think its a shame, how the names are the same, how everything is the same... I pretty sure, its the same lines and so far the UK actors were better... UK version rules - US version sucks...
Watched the trailer and just knew it was awful! got half way through
first episode and HAD to switch over was shocking someone can make
something so bad and think that's comedy i can't imagine the type of
person that would sit and laugh to that, the acting is shocking and its
the UK one nearly word for word except they have taken all the best
most funny bits and changed it to this camp American humor. Jay is fat
and looks retarded, Neil with long hair ha no way and wills no were
near geeky looking enough MTV really need to stop trying to copy outer
programs history shows that it just doesn't work at all.
I like the original and most of my favorite shows are made in America but every single British show they remake they go all wrong with it and this is just another one to add to the forever growing flop list.
I'm a massive fan of our (UK) Inbetweeners so I went into the remake
fearing the worst. After the first episode, those fears seemed valid.
The casting isn't great, Will's too good looking, Neil is appalling and
Jay is fat. The first episode is pretty much a direct copy and the
actors are very uncomfortable in the roles.
For whatever reason, I decided to stick with it and I'm glad I did. It helps that episodes 2 & 3 are copies of my two favourite episodes from the original Inbetweeners but the acting is more natural and there's just enough new material to put a proper US spin on the show and to start to develop it's own identity.
The next couple of episodes are brand new. Episode 4 is the best of the run so far. It feels like a US TV Show but retains the characteristics of what made it such a hit in the first place. The Inbetweeners isn't Dawson's Creek or the like. It doesn't flit between near disaster and happy ever after. It's about those things that happen in every day life to normal people. Those fleeting moments of joy, sorrow and sheer embarrassment.
I think this show has got promise. i hope the trigger happy network execs give it a chance to grow.
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning
** Sunday Night * Monday Morning
Will (Joey Pollairi) is the new guy in high school, who stands out as a prime target for bullies. He soon makes friends with Jay (Zach Pearlman), Simon (Bubba Lewis) and Neil (Mark L. Young), three other social misfits who are not complete dorks but far from the coolest kids in school, either.
It always spurs you on as a Brit when something home grown becomes a success, as I imagine it probably does for anyone from a small country that's not at the centre of the world (not anymore, anyway.) But it's a sad thing and a sign of the times when the only way to tell what a massive success it's been is when the Americans go and remake it. In fact, this is almost inevitable. And, inevitably, a whole lot worse.
The best way I can describe The Inbetweeners USA is: imagine you've just read a really great Stephen King novel, and then see a film adaptation of it that is just like what you've read, but just...lamer. That really is how this is like. It's everything you've already seen in the British version, just done by American actors and not even half as bloody well. Where cultural slang changes, it becomes most evident and most painful ("bus 'turds'???") and further showcases what a desperate, sorry, insincere mess this whole thing is. To add insult to injury, the performers don't even look like their British counter parts, and so we have an overweight Jay, a hippie like Neil and Will and Simon resembling the Jonas brothers. To not even respect your source material is the biggest disrespect.
If you're the type that would rather drive a Mondeo than a Mercedes, this will definitely be your thing. But I imagine you're different to most people. *
The Inbetweeners (UK) is a great show, and is fine entertainment containing hilarious comedic moments. The show is one of the greatest things on the TV, and it's British, so yeah. Apparently, Americans have some crazy idea that British TV other than "Doctor Who" isn't good enough for them. This has lead them to make multiple terrible remakes of British TV shows. Whenever I hear of an American remake, I run straight to the church and pray. However, the American remake of the inbetweeners is not as terrible as many other American remakes. The US Inbetweeners may be far from the quality of it's British source material, but is not terrible. I applaud the creators of this show for not f*cking up entirely like many other American remakes go, but still do not believe that this is a good TV series.
What can I say? The humor is just like any other American comedy show - tacky, slap stick and in your face. US viewers probably will enjoy this but it doesn't even come close to the UK original. It's almost offensive that there's been a remake this bad. Just like the Danish version of The Killing (one of the most amazing series ever made), there just HAD to be a US remake didn't there? Oh and Gavin and Stacey...which I'm sure will be appalling. How about just enjoying the originals instead of making your own? As American TV goes, the makers of this monstrosity have made everyone more attractive except for the 'comedy' fat boy. I do genuinely feel lucky to be British when it comes to a sense of humor. There's none of this slap stick comedy and it's much more subtle. I won't be watching anymore of these.
As a fan of the original UK show, I wasn't expecting much, but I never
expected it to be this horrible. The acting is just terrible. It's like
none of these kids took an acting lesson in their life & just spit out
the lines - that were almost word for word rehashed from the original.
I couldn't even finish watching the first episode it was so bad.
The main problem with the show other than it was a poor excuse for a copy of the original & the bad acting, was the characters were very unlikeable. Will had no personality, Simon always had a weird expression on his face like he was trying to take a crap, Jay looked a fat, retarded kid, Neil looked & acted like a stoner & Carli couldn't act if her life depended on it. It's no wonder this was cancelled after one season. Do yourself a favor and watch the original on Hulu - you won't be disappointed.
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