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Gap Year

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Travel mishaps, drugs, drinking in this easygoing comedy.

TV Hulu Drama 2017
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As loose, casual, and fitfully joyous as a rambling trip abroad, this comedy goes down easy, particularly for those who have had their own travel misadventures. Of course, missing a train or not knowing how to order food in the local language pales in comparison to what Dylan, Sean, and company get themselves into as they stumble from China to Southeast Asia in search of adventure -- and, in May's case, the Asian history and art that her strict mother has demanded she absorb and understand. Cultural and language barriers loom large as Sean is lost and found again, Greg just barely avoids contracting leprosy, and several of the number make a brief stay at a Nepalese jail.

Gap Year has the vibe of other travel-misadventure narratives like The Hangover and Girls Trip, but the vibe is lighter and the action geared at teen and college-age audiences. These young travelers are looking for music festivals and white-sand beaches and love -- at least for a night -- and their mishaps are equally frivolous. Those who have spent long nights guarding their shoes in a hostel, or wandering around distant cities with a backpack will enjoy trekking along with this ragtag group of friends, even if their own gap year journeys are long since past.

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