The trailer for the US remake of The Inbetweeners has prompted an angry response from fans of the original British TV show.
MTV’s remake of the hit E4 sitcom – which relocates the action from Rudge Park Comprehensive to a typical American high school – premieres in the US on August 20. Earlier this week (July 17), the first trailer for the show appeared on YouTube – click here to watch it.
The creators of the British original, Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, serve as executive producers on the remake, but UK viewers were scathing of their efforts to rework the show for a US audience. Commenting on YouTube, one angry fan wrote: “another great English tv series being copied by the Americans and turned into a lump of shit! good work MTV knockers!”
As of this morning (July 19), the trailer has received just 295 “likes” on YouTube, compared to some 17,385 “dislikes”. A torrent of abuse has been left underneath the video, with typical comments declaring the trailer “awful”, “unbearable” and “shockingly shite”.
One fan predicted that the US remake will miss the distinctive British vocabulary from the original, writing: “It just doesn’t translate….twat…knob….clunge….div….shag….bollocks…all staple phrases of English humour, almost completely absent from the American vocabulary, which, let’s face it, made the characters who they were! Total shite!”
The original British version of The Inbetweeners, starring Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas, ran for three seasons as an E4 sitcom before spawning a spin-off film. Last month (June), it was reported that the show’s creators are also producing an American teen film “inspired by” The Inbetweeners Movie.