Since the 1980s and '90s golden age of high school comedies, the genre has fallen victim to clichés. Well-worn plots, predictable characterizations, and recycled jokes have transformed these teenage romps, which range from incredibly fluffy to despicably raunchy, depending on the mood of the culture at the time, into self-parodies.
The latest example of the genre's tropes: The Inbetweeners, a 2011 coming-of-age comedy that's based on the British sitcom of the same name and is finally hitting the States this week. As funny as the movie is, the story of four recently graduated high school friends going on a vacation in Crete together can't go its running time without employing several overused themes and devices. You'll know them when you see them—for the umpteenth time—but in case you don't, Complex helps you spot them with a countdown of The 10 Biggest High School Comedy Movie Clichés.
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Written by Jason Serafino (@serafinoj1)