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The End of the F***ing World is a violent, cringe-worthy addition to Netflix

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The End of the F***ing World, a Netflix original show based off of the graphic novel by Charles Forsman, features psychopathic teenage boy James (Alex Lawther) and his new friend, the moody and angry 17-year-old Alyssa (Jessica Barden). After they both run away from their uncaring families, they find themselves in unexpected situations with both the police and other adults.

This angsty coming of age story is filled with many uncomfortable and unconventional scenes—ranging from Alyssa putting in a tampon at a gas station to her and James sitting in a hotel room casually watching pornography. Most of the scenes are silent, which is effective at making the awkwardness very cringe-worthy. Even so, it seems to make the show more interesting and sets it apart from other teenage dramas.

The directors Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak decide to cut the silence of scenes with the interior monologue of the two protagonists. The outwardly harsh personality of Alyssa is contrasted by her inner self-doubt and insecurities, while James’ thoughts make him seem less psychopathic and more empathetic. This depth of characterization sparks a love for the two, making them anti-heroes that are hard not to sympathize with.

As the title may suggest, a majority of the show is very crass. Cuss words and swears are a common part of the dialogue and the show features several underage sex scenes. This makes it obvious that this show is meant more for a young adult crowd, and may take a few episodes to get used to. Still, the vulgarity is effective in exhibiting the rebellious nature of Alyssa and shocks the audience in a way censored language could not.

The dark and awkward typical British humor matched with a very indie visuals and music make this show a good recommendation for teenagers looking for a very different type of romantic drama. However, the cringe worthy and often violent scenes may steer away older or more sensitive crowds. The show can best be described as an ‘acquired taste’—not for everyone.

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