Picks and Pans Review: Summer Heights High

updated 11/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

HBO, Nov. 9, 10:30 p.m. ET

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In this terrific Australian import, Chris Lilley plays three characters in a public high school: Ja'mie, a rich transfer student who floats about as if she were Miley Cyrus lording it over a frowsy fan club; Jonah, a troublemaking (and realistically troubled) kid from Tonga; and drama teacher Mr. G, who wants to stage a musical about a student's fatal overdose but, hampered by her parents' objections, retools the script to make it more about himself and his dog Celine. He and Ja'mie are unrepentant narcissists—hilarious, wonderful, oblivious monsters.

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