5 Catherine Keener Characters To Put A Ring On

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When most people think of the characters Catherine Keener has played over the years, the over-arching characteristic would be “kinda bitchy.” Okay, maybe more than “kinda”. From “Being John Malkovich” to “Your Friends & Neighbors” to “Lovely & Amazing” to “Friends With Money”, Catherine Keener has shown the many faces of a strong willed, selfish, ambitious, unkind, and, perhaps, narcissistic woman.

But then there are some characters that are actually quite sweet. Way back in 1992, Keener appeared in a “Seinfeld” episode as Jerry’s artist girlfriend. Yes, the who painted that infamous Kramer portrait. Wouldn’t you want to hang out with that girl? Or how about Sally Jackson in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”. Good enough for Poseidon, good enough for you, I say. But which Catherine Keener characters are good enough to marry? To the list!

The Five Catherine Keener Characters To Put A Ring On:

5. Being the ersatz step-mother is never easy, but walking into the tightly-knit relationship between Jack (Daniel Day Lewis) and Rose (Camilla Belle) is a serious challenge. Keener’s Kathleen in The Ballad of Jack and Rose is very good at balancing the needs of her sons, her step-daughter, and herself. She also knows when to get the heck off the island.

4. Hard-nosed, pragmatic, and good for a left hook when necessary, Keener’s Nora Wells in Death to Smoochy comes in strong at number four.

3. While some here at IFC (*cough* Will Weinand *cough*) are deeply troubled that Catherine’s character, Trish, suggests Steve Carell grow up and throw out all his highly collectible toys, we still thing the love interest from The 40 Year Old Virgin is worth putting a ring on. Even if the inevitable anger over selling still-in-the-package “Star Wars” memorabilia will some day overtake the relationship and require time on a couples therapist’s couch.

2. In Into The Wild, Catherine Keener’s character, Jan Burress, is simply sweet. She doesn’t judge Chris for being out on his own, she just wants to make sure he is being safe and that his parents aren’t worried. Awwwww.

And what is the number one most lovable character Catherine Keener has played?

1. Connie, the mom in Where The Wild Things Are, of course. As a single mom struggling to make it on her own, she manages to raise smart, ultimately kind, and very creative children. She is there for her son, ready to forgive and welcome. Not only is that admirable, but it’s definitely marriage material.

The Ballad of Jack and Rose airs on IFC at Thursday, Dec. 9 at 5:15 PM ET and Saturday, Dec. 18 at 10:00 AM ET and at 5:00 PM EDT

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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