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A kids’ movie that’s not for kids.

A kids’ movie that’s not for kids. (photo)

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Anne Thompson at indieWIRE believes “Where The Wild Things Are” is too expensive to succeed commercially, and I think she’s probably right. Standard movie math says a studio film needs to gross two and a half times its budget before it can start being profitable; in that case, “Where The Wild Things Are” would need to make $250 million just to break even, which is a hell of a lot for a seriously weird movie with something for everyone but not enough of anything to satisfy anyone.

But apparently to dare to imply that “Where The Wild Things Are” won’t save the world will bring the wrath of the internet upon you. The first comment response to Thompson’s post begins “You’re an idiot,” and goes downhill from there. There are people on the web who really need this to be the be-all, end-all movie about childhood, something that suggests the fears and forgotten traumas of difficult times; presumably, “E.T.” just isn’t enough. (Have you seen “E.T.” lately? It’s brutal, way more so than Jonze’s movie.) One of the best jokes about “Wild Things,” oddly, is the fact the mundane-voiced monsters are mostly just neurotic adults dealing with their emotional problems in far more sublimated ways than kid Max does; it’s hard to see the message that emotional problems never go away resonating with children.

Whether or not “Where The Wild Things Are” will actually appeal to a child audience, there’s definitely a hunger for non-sentimental movies about children — a genre that’s mostly been confined to the art-house ghetto (see “Ponette”). In an odd way, “Where The Wild Things Are” is dipping its toe into those waters. Its success will have less to do with how the movie’s actually received and more to do with how primed people really are for a kids’ movie not for kids.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…