Europe Seen Through Teen Eyes: 6 Movies Like Eurotrip

Friday, August 3 by Irving Oala

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 When "" came out years ago, it seemed like a no-brainer to make a comedy about: teenagers head to Europe and experience all the stereotypically funny and offensive things that Americans would when going to a number of cultures totally different from theirs. However, this is not a new theme; there are a number of movies about Europe told through the eyes of teenagers that explore European culture from a youthful and relatively innocent point of view. A few of them are listed below, giving you a well-rounded European experience without having to visit for yourself, though you should.

 


"National Lampoon's European Vacation"

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The second of the Vacation films and arguably the worst follows the Griswold family around the continent on a European vacation that is rife with problems and experiences. His teenaged kids make the most of the trip though, especially Rusty who gets to hook up with a number of girls in different countries. These scenes alone make the film worth watching.

 


"Harold and Kumar Go To Amsterdam"

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This installment of the Harold and Kumar franchise was so bad that it went straight to DVD. However, it's certainly the view of a popular part of Europe through the half-opened eyes of a twenty-something, showing what you would imagine are the highlights and lowlights of Amsterdam. Despite being mildly offensive and completely inaccurate, this movie is not so bad.

 


"Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo"

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While this film is not technically told through the eyes of a teenager, it's told through the sensibilities of Rob Schneider, which might be less than a teenager's when it comes to humor. That said, it falls into the gross-out, offensive, slapstick comedy category that is worthy of watching if you want to be shocked that millions were spent actually making it.

 


"My Life in Ruins"

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Told from the perspective of a woman who is trying to find herself in Greece, this sophomoric romantic comedy follows her on a Greek and Italian vacation, feeling like a teenager is telling the story as she struggles with her love life—or lack thereof. This is a specific region of Europe in which this story is being told, but a European vacation tale nonetheless.

 


"Human Traffic"

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A late-90's English film that took place during the ecstacy boom, this film follows the comedic teenaged lives of ravers who are out and about every night trying to have a good time. While the whole continent of Europe isn't explored, it's a pretty good cross-section of the English social and electronic scene during its golden era.

 


"Swimming Pool"

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An older female writer and a really hot teenaged woman are stuck in a house together in the South of France when a murder occurs one raucous night. This fun and sexy independent film is not exactly a comedy, but it’s definitely appealing to teens, primarily because of all the sexuality throughout.

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