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How to Make it ‘In America’

How to Make it ‘In America’ (photo)

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America is a melting pot. We all know that from civics class. But hearing about something in a classroom and seeing an immigration story come to life on the silver screen, reinforces the message. In America shows the best and worst of trying to make it in America. It is beautifully acted, magical, sad, and ultimately heartwarming.

Paddy Considine, who you may recognize from 24 Hour Party People or, more likely, Hot Fuzz, stars as a father who brings his wife and daughters to America in the hope of finding work as an actor. Work is hard to come by though and he and Samantha Morton (Woody Allen’s Sweet and Low Down) take menial jobs to hold the family together. Their daughters (played by sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger) scarcely seem to notice the family’s struggles as they invent a world of fun, fairytales, and magic in their decrepit tenement building filled with junkies, artists, and transvestites. The girls befriend the artist Djimon Hounsou who becomes a mentor and confidante to the whole family. Hounsou’s Mateo was so perfectly heartbreaking that he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2004, becoming the first African to be nominated for an Oscar

In America is sentimental without being treacly. There’s a lot of hugging, but it’s so authentic, you don’t mind. The overwhelming feeling you get from the film is simply love. It is clear from the sentiment imbued in every shot that the film is very personal to filmmaker Jim Sheridan. In fact, the story is loosely based on Sheridan’s own family’s immigration to America. Sheridan has explored his Irish roots in his films In the Name of the Father and My Left Foot, but took a more sentimental tact with his immigration story. Sheridan co-wrote In America with his two daughters and dedicated it to his brother who died at the age of ten.

Watch the trailer now and tune in later. You won’t regret it.

In America airs on IFC at 4:30 p.m. ET


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…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.