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PEN15 Review 2019 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Creator: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Sam Zvibleman
Stars: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Mutsuko Erskine
Review: First off, I can definitely see why some people could be offended by this humor. It’s sort of like Big Head on Netflix. If you think about it for too long it does seem a little weird; adults acting as kids. They hired body doubles for any scene remotely crossing the line, though. These girls handled quite a difficult role exceptionally well. It’s definitely a touchy subject to make a show about.
I still gave it a chance because the guys from The Lonely Island were heavily involved. It’s up to you to make the decision if it crosses your line. I do believe those who think this resembles harmful nature may have deeper set issues, though. Everybody seemed like they had fun making it from the interviews and it’s also a solid credential for the kids careers.
Secondly, I’m glad I did give this a chance. Maya and Anna are hilarious and awkward in it. It’s pretty funny when Maya yells and throws fits. Anna seems like a genuine person to me. For the role she put herself into, she did extremely well. They both reminded me of people I knew growing up at random points. It’s just a show about life in middle school, amped up for humor, but still not too far off.
It’s a pretty funny show with a heartfelt touch. Reminiscent of the old days and some issues we went through in our early teens–male and female wise. They did really well casting the two main characters. Without them, the show seems like it may have fell flat or possibly just been too weird or creepy. I would watch a season 2 because of those two. They need to make more together.
Solid 8/10. Not the funniest or greatest show, but it definitely is a hilariously written, awkward ride. I binged it all in a day and was just expecting to try an episode out.
I was in seventh grade in 2000 and while I think this show is perfectly suited for people who grew up around that time, it’s also still very relevant for anyone at any age. Perfectly detailed and perfectly relatable. Maya’s outfit on the first day of school was literally my style, I had that same hoodie and adidas. I was Anna’s height and every boy I liked came up to my shoulders. Also, that AIM episode? Man, probably the best portrayal of what using AIM was really like. Plus the soundtrack!
Amongst all the humor, I like how there are moments of real adolescent pain, like Anna’s disappointing first kiss and Maya looking in the mirror and feeling insecure during the Posh episode.
I don’t understand the negative reactions people are having to the actresses playing along side real middle schoolers. The juxtaposition is hilarious and they’re able to bring some next level comedy to the roles as opposed to having younger people playing their characters. I think it also highlights that feeling when you’re 13 and when you have a crush on a boy you think he’s so mature and adult like, but when you get older you really come to realize how 13 year olds are practically babies and so incredibly awkward that no 13 year old can actually be cool, haha.
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