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The Hard Times of RJ Berger
Reviewed by
Simon Black
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The Hard Times of RJ Berger DVD Review Most frequently described as a cross between Superbad and The Wonder Years, RJ Berger isn’t quite as clever or compelling as either of its predecessors and frequently fails to distinguish between cleverly crass and loathsomely puerile.  It is, however, still plenty of fun.  
Rating:
3.5

Feature 7.0
Video 9.0
Audio 8.0
Special features 5.0
Total 7.0
Distributor: BHE
Running Time: 270 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: MA15+

7.0

 
The Hard Times of RJ Berger
 

Unashamedly (by its own admission) piggybacking off the success of the Judd Apatow/gross out teen comedy sub-genre, MTV’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger manages to wear its influences on its dirty, snot-stained sleeve while still retaining enough semi-inventive crudity to titillate even the most battle-hardened of audience members. 

Speaking of members, Hard Times revolves around that of one RJ Berger, a nerd whose fitful bursts of confidence and sizable package allow him to quell his teenage libido in a series of fumbling trysts.  Admittedly these usually end in disaster, but hey, it makes a refreshing change from the ‘lovelorn nice guy bumbling best friend who never quite manages to get the girl’ shtick and its other shopworn variants, and the ladies in question - homely, sex-crazed Lily and the beautiful, borderline  unattainable cheerleader Jenny - are infinitely less irksome and one-dimensional than some of their Apatow equivalents. 

Co-created by Seth Graeme-Smith, whose books Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter top the list of those I wish I’d been clever to think up first, Season 2 of The Hard Times find RJ with, more or less, his pick of the ladies.  His best friend Miles is the same crass, sex-starved halfwit he was in the first season (but weren’t we all at his age?) offering snippets of wisdom like ‘You’re about to pity-bang yourself into a pity marriage,’ and RJ’s love life is even more of a tangled mess the second time around.  His attempts at finding some sort of balance in his life, and not accidentally killing his sexual partners with his gargantuan schlong, provide much of the impetus of Season 2 - if you’re into the genre, or possibly in high school yourself, you will find the series has much to recommend it. 

Most frequently described as a cross between Superbad and The Wonder Years, RJ Berger isn’t quite as clever or compelling as either of its predecessors and frequently fails to distinguish between cleverly crass and loathsomely puerile.  It is, however, still plenty of fun.  

Bonus Features

A 26-minute featurette entitled ‘Microsoft’s Behind the Screen,’ which incorporates behind the scenes footage as well as some fairly candid interviews with the show’s stars.






 
 



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