Ja’mie: Private School Girl (Episode 6)

I’ll give Ja’mie: Private School Girl this: it certainly ends strongly. The final episode of this six episode (mini?) series is its strongest of the lot, and it does so by embracing broader comedy rather than adopting Lilley’s usual approach to wrapping up a series (specifically, evoking emotions, which is powerful when done well – Summer Heights High and soon-to-return Jonah – but awkward when not – see Angry Boys).

There are proper belly laughs in this episode; it’s not the first time the series has been funny, but most of the gags have been more giggles and knowing nods than guffaws. The absurdity of Ja’mie’s final performance was both surprising and hilarious (though you have to feel bad for the young actresses cast in a Chris Lilley series, and end up with roles that boil down to agreeing with Ja’mie a lot then cavorting in their underwear), but the laugh line of the night was undeniably during the interview with Ja’mie’s parents: “You have to remember, she’s half Jill’s too.” Classic.

Ja’mie: Private School Girl was ultimately disappointing, with too little story and too few characters to sustain six half hour episodes, but at least it went out on a high note.

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