Rating (out of 5): ***½
Skins is the Bristol-based BBC dramedy series following a group emotionally detached high school kids while they wreak utter havoc on their internal organs with drugs and alcohol. At the center of the gang is Tony (played by Ashton Kutcher/Tom Cruise human amalgamation Nicholas Hoult), a popular boy who is unjustly excellent at everything he attempts and uses his ceaseless charisma to undermine everyone around him; Michelle, his insecure girlfriend, who tries to break away upon learning of his deviousness but whose independence has been stunted as she replicates her mother's codependent tendencies with men; and Tony's best friend Sid, a painfully awkward virgin who is desperately in love with Michelle. The group is rounded out with Cassie, a girl who wiles away her time between suicide attempts in eating disorder clinics; Jal, the sarcastic daughter of a rap mogul who wants nothing more than to be a classical musician; Chris, a constantly-partying Lolit(o)-type who has an affair with a teacher; Maxxie, an openly gay boy who has a hard time finding people to date in their small town; and Anwar (played by Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire), a Muslim who prays five times a day and bristles at Maxxie's homosexuality but has no qualms with alcohol or premarital sex.
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