The Inbetweeners - We meet some real Glasgow teenagers
Are Scottish teens anything like the loveable social misfits on screen?
The old crusties amongst us probably don’t know much about ‘real’ teenagers. We get most of our understanding of the acne-addled angst-mongers when gasping aloud at the ruddy rudeness of Skins and chin-scratching over the almost impenetrable lingo in Attack The Block (it’s ‘bare’ confusing, mate. You get me?).
So, are Scottish teens anything like the loveable social (and sexual) misfits in The Inbetweeners? We spoke to some Glasgow teenagers to see what they think and whether they’ll be queuing up to see the movie when it hits the big screen.
17, Sandyhills, Glasgow
I love The Inbetweeners. I’ve got a group of friends that is half girls, half boys and it’s exactly the kind of stuff we do but a really, really ridiculous version. Some of the things they get up to might be a bit stupid but it’s still funny because I can imagine my pals doing those kinds of things on a smaller scale.
I’m at high school and also work part-time in Republic to get extra cash. Even though the set-up of the school in The Inbetweeners is different to how it is in Scotland, the things that go on in the show are still very relatable. Their outlook seems pretty typical of British teenagers. I’m going to go see it with my friends first to test the water. It looks like it might be an English version of The Hangover but better, because it’s funnier to me. I’m sad that after the film, there will be no more but I guess we’ll always have the boxsets. If it’s not too unsavoury, I might take my mum too. I have a really good relationship with my mum, although I know a lot of people who don’t have that with their parents so I guess I am lucky.
I can’t watch it with my dad in the room, but I know my parents watch the show. I think my grandpa even watches it sometimes if I ask him to record it for me, so I guess that speaks for the show’s broad appeal. I have pals who watch 90210 but I think it’s a load of crap. It’s too frothy for me and you need to keep up with the outrageous plotlines. The Inbetweeners was less soap-like. Each episode was different, so you didn’t need to know the background to enjoy it.
19, Easterhouse, Glasgow
I only really watch one stereotypically ‘teen’ show, and that’s The Big Bang Theory. I’m not interested in stuff sillier stuff like Skins or Hollyoaks. I’d rather do something more useful with my time than watch those kinds of programmes. I’m a student at college just now. In my free time, I’m usually helping out with this youth group [held at Platform in John Wheatley College] for people who are into music. I help organise events and fundraising so we can do better things every year. Some of us went up to Go Ape at the weekend, which was a laugh.
I didn’t watch The Inbetweeners regularly when it was on TV but I’ve been meaning to get into it properly for quite a while. I think you need to watch a television series from the start, otherwise you might miss bits. I’m not a huge cinema fan, so a trailer has to really amaze me for me to want to go see it these days. It’s OK for certain kinds of big films which are a real cinema experience, but I prefer just to wait for things to come out on DVD and not have to worry about going to a mobbed multiplex. Even though they are English teenagers, I can see the similarity between the guys in The Inbetweeners and people I know, in good ways and bad. I don’t think the words used would be the same but it’s quite realistic. Maybe guys I know wouldn’t say exactly the same things or use the same words as the characters in the show, but they would definitely think similar things, which would probably make it worth a watch. I do have a girlfriend just now so I might take her to see it, but it’s probably safer to go see with a couple of pals incase it’s a bit too cringe-worthy …
19, Gathamlock, Glasgow
I watched some of the series when The Inbetweeners was on TV but I have a few friends who want to meet up and see the film version on a weekend. I think it’s the humour that people can relate to and being at that time in your life. I finished school a while ago and am working at Aviva just now. Young people are making those jokes and having those issues with sex and relationships, so it’s pretty important to have a laugh about it. If you don’t, then it might not get spoken about. The characters in the show are making light of things that are relevant to us. I know plenty of guys like that in real life. I don’t think it’s that much of an exaggeration.
Turning TV shows into films can go two ways: really great, or really awful. Things really have to grab me for me to go to the cinema, rather than waiting for it to come out on DVD but hopefully we can go see this and use it as a chance to catch up with some friends. I like anime and action stuff, so the last thing I saw at the cinema was Sucker Punch. Things like The Simpsons maybe didn’t translate so well on the big screen but I guess it’s all personal opinion. I think people our age who hadn’t watched The Inbetweeners before could still go see the film and get into it, as it’s all about relatable topics. My mum and dad even have that same sense of humour, so I could even go see it with them, or a group of friends or on a date - even if some of the jokes are a bit rude.
19, Springboig, Glasgow
I don’t know boys exactly like them in real life because I think they are extreme versions, but it would be easy to watch the characters and see parts which remind you of people you know. The funniest moments are usually where I think, ‘God, that’s like my brother’. He’s going to be 18 in a few months but I still don’t really like to think of him doing things like that …
Right now, I’m working at the airport but I’m really into music and come to the same youth group at Platform with these guys. I also sing in a band with some friends outside of that - rock stuff, influenced by bands like Papa Roach. We have done some gigging but most places are pretty tough with ID-ing and don’t let underage bands play.
I think that films are better because following a series is too much hard work for people our age who are out a lot or working loads. Movies are a better option for me, and give you the chance to do it with friends in a way you can’t with telly. It’s harder to watch a series with your pals than a film. I watched Skins for a bit but then kind of went off it. Other than that, I like Misfits, as it’s really funny. The humour in that is a lot less cringe-worthy than The Inbetweeners, which I think is definitely one that you should go see with a big squad of people. Or definitely one to see on a date, as there would be loads to talk about after so you wouldn’t be stuck for chat. I don’t like that kind of humour if I’m watching it on my own but if I’m with somebody and we can find a grossed out common ground, then that’s fine.