Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wendy's "Films" of 2010 #38: Skins, Season 1 (2007)

Skins is sort of what Degrassi: The Next Generation should have been, except in the UK. Not overly dramatic, but still entertaining. It's got the drugs, the sex, the teen love; it never gets boring, but also stays away from the repetitiveness of so many recent high school TV series. The characters are likable and their lives are relatively realistic, though fun enough and outlandish enough to be worth watching. I wouldn't say it's a work of art, but it's hardly supposed to be. It's popcorn television, and it's fun. I liked Hannah Murray's spaced out, kind and wholehearted character Cassie the most, but each has their own distinct style. They're not incredibly easy to label either; I always hated that in movies and TV growing up: the preppy girl, the nerd, the jock, etc. Eugh. Can we please try not to pressure people into cultural moulds? Luckily these kids have enough development to surpass any stereotypes, and their lives are believable. Perhaps not in every aspect, but that's just part of most television.

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