The 20 best job-quitting scenes of all time (with video)


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16. “Parenthood” (1989)

Family comes before putting in overtime so clients can get laid in Ron Howard’s ensemble dramedy, with Steve Martin realizing that nothing he does at work is ever going to be good enough for his bosses as long as he’s got a wife and kids to steal his attention from the office. The former wild and crazy guy of “Saturday Night Live” can’t help but go a little over-the-top in this scene (he does a particular weird hand gesture with “Aren’t you dazzled?” that he doesn’t seem to think works himself), but his everyman charm keeps you rooting for him as he chooses being a husband and father over putting together deals for ungrateful suits with questionable priorities.

17. “Scarface” (1983)

“I gotta protect my investment!” Oh, Tony — if you had just stayed at your greasy spoon job and at least tried to make an honest living like the rest of the Cuban refugees, maybe you wouldn’t have ended up riddled with bullets and done a belly-flop into your indoor pool-fountain thing. Tony Montana (Al Pacino) and his pal Manny (Steven Bauer) decide to commit to a life of crime full-time in this scene, literally throwing their towels into the face of their employer and leaving him to do all of the dirty dishes himself. One of the most epic rises to power and descents into hell will soon ensue.

18. “Two Weeks Notice” (2002)

Yeah, after years of working 18-hour days, seven days a week for a lawyer who treats her more like a nanny than a colleague, let a girl have her stapler, would ya? Sandra Bullock tries to leave her job with quiet dignity, but all it takes is one person to challenge her about so-called “company property” for all of the anger and frustration involved with being overworked and unappreciated to explode all over the place. Wouldn’t you know it, Hugh Grant plays the boss in this, too, though he’s a little less of a jerk here than he was in “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” Anyway, let this be a lesson to anyone who ever sees someone taking office supplies on their last day — just look the other way.

19. “Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001)

There’s been a countless number of scenes where the person quitting their job is oh so calm, collected and witty as the boss — who usually deserves being told off and then some — gets all flustered and exasperated but remains powerless and is ultimately mega-humiliated, usually in front of the rest of the office. “Bridget Jones’ Diary” has one of those scenes, with Renee Zellweger never breaking a sweat (or her fake British accent) as she tells that sleazy lovable fop Hugh Grant that he can stick his six-weeks-notice policy where the sun don’t shine.

20. “Wanted” (2008)

James McAvoy tells off his abrasive boss in front of the whole office in this scene from Timur Bekmambetov’s geeked-out action flick, an act of defiance that puts him on the path of embracing his destiny as the son of a professional assassin. Bekmambetov’s style is so over-the-top and undisciplined that the scene is more bizarre than cathartic, but McAvoy’s effortless likability keeps it at least somewhat grounded in something resembling reality. The cherry on top is a keyboard to Chris Pratt’s face; that’ll teach you to sleep with Charles Xavier’s girlfriend, pal.

Do you have your own favorite job-quitting scenes? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

at arrivals for PORTLANDIA Second Season Premiere on IFC, The American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY January 5, 2012. Photo By: Eric Reichbaum/Everett Collection

Carrie Loves Madonna?

5 Things We Learned About Carrie Brownstein From Her Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl Q&A

Get the scoop on Carrie's live book release event.

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Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl is out on shelves both physical and digital, and the book tour kicked off with a Q&A session for fans at the metal bar Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. Questlove from The Roots and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon joined the Portlandia star on stage to moderate a conversation before a huddled crowd holding their plastic cups filled with draft IPA. “It’s familiar to both of us,” Brownstein joked. “There’s no bathroom backstage…it’s very humbling.”

From Madonna to Portlandia, check out some highlights from the Brownstein-Questlove extravaganza.

1. Carrie and Questlove Are Now BFFs

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After the Portlandia funny gal read a passage from the book, which follows her life in music with the band Sleater-Kinney, Questlove remarked how surprised he was to hear he would be accompanying her for this event. “I don’t know if growing up we’d be best friends, but I know that we’re the same person,” he said. As proof that they would totally be Bffs, Brownstein continued to say how the first thing they bonded over backstage was the TV series The Affair, which she said is so unrealistic because both stars are British. “Half of The Wire is British,” Questlove said.

2. She Has a Major Madonna Obsession

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Some of the topics discussed were Brownstein’s band experience, absorbing feminism through punk rock, taping pictures of Dennis Quaid and Mel Gibson to her wall, and — more impactful — her obsession with Madonna. “I remember sitting on my bed and crying because I’d never be friends with Madonna,” she said of her 10-year-old self. Brownstein still hasn’t met her, though Questlove only hesitated a moment before bragging about how the “Material Girl” is “kinda” his manager. Guess we know what to get Carrie for her birthday.

3. She Went Incognito at Traffic Class

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You know that traffic class you have to take after you get a ticket? No? Well, Brownstein does, because she had to take one. Not only that, but she took it just after the season 2 premiere of Portlandia. As she said, this wasn’t even season 1 when most people didn’t know her name. She was quite recognizable at this point, so to ward off unwanted attention at driver’s ed she tried to disguise herself as best she could.

4. Music Is Her Lifeline

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Things got a bit real when Questlove asked Brownstein whether she would be okay with the possibility of her acting career overshadowing her musical endeavors. He likened the subject to how most people recognize him as “Jimmy Fallon’s drummer” instead of everything else he does with The Roots or his writing. The short answer is yes. She said she wouldn’t do anything creative — music or otherwise — if she didn’t want her named associated with it. That said, music has and always will be her “lifeline.”

5. Shocker! She’s Not a Ben Carson Fan

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Things got even more real when a fan asked a question about politics. Brownstein said that the fact that Ben Carson, and many other presidential candidates, came out against abortion and Planned Parenthood is “madness” and also shared her thoughts on racism and police brutality. She also noted “a collective voice of dissent” and “people starting to be more connected,” especially on social media. To lighten the mood, Carrie then joked, “Let’s have another clothing question.”

For more Carrie quotes, check out her Tumblr Q&A and our live-tweet of the Brooklyn event.


Two for None

Watch Free Episodes of Benders and Gigi Does It Right Now

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The 50th season of Documentary Now! is drawing to a close tonight starting at 10P with the tale of friends, falsettos, and feathered hair, “Gentle & Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee.” After the moving finale, stay tuned for special sneak peeks of your two favorite new shows Benders and Gigi Does It. Or if you can’t wait, you can watch them RIGHT NOW below.

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Crack open a cold one with a sneak peek of the Benders premiere at 11P —it’s what the hockey loving team members of Uncle Chubbys would do! This band of friends loves drinking beer and playing hockey, but they’re really only good at one of those things.

Then starting at 11:30P, get to know Gigi Does It, the new show starring David Krumholtz as a grandma who gets her groove back. Gertrude Rotblum, a.k.a. “Gigi,” may have lost her beloved husband, but she gained a new lease on life thanks to a secret bank account filled with millions. With her trusty sidekick in tow, Gigi is ready to take on the world, one buzzword, politician, and naked art class at a time.

In addition to YouTube and right here on IFC.com, an episode each of Benders and Gigi Does It can be seen on VOD and TV Everywhere platforms through IFC’s cable partners.

Early looks got you hooked? Then be sure to catch the new seasons of Benders and Gigi Does It when they premiere on IFC starting Thursday, October 1 at 10P and 10:30P, respectively. It’s like Christmas in early October!


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7 Basic Tips for Talking to Cosplayers

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Since Todd Margaret was at New York Comic Con, we hit the show floor to ask costumed fans for some tips on how best to interact with cosplayers. Check out what we discovered below.

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Want more fun from New York Comic Con? Read the letter David Cross wrote to Todd Margaret fans.


Fred & Horatio Team Up

Former SNLers Work on Latino-Focused Comedy Hub

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