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What to Watch on IFC: April 2 – 9

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Welcome to April! It’s a new month filled with fools, sudden rainstorms, pollen, and all sorts of other great reasons never to leave the house. We are here to help you fill the hours until all the April fools and April showers are long gone.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

At 10/9c, Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial novel about the sexual, emotional, and chemical interactions of a group of wealthy and amoral college students is brought to the screen in “The Rules of Attraction.” The film stars James Van Der Beek as a student who is attracted to Lauren Hynde (Shannyn Sossamon), who is infatuated with Victor (Kip Pardue), as is Lara (Jessica Biel), who used to date affected snob Paul Denton (Ian Somerhalder). It’s a bizarre love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate. Make a Venn Diagram while you watch!

Tuesday

You’ll be singing Tuesday’s praises from the mountain tops (or cracking the weekend’s pony keg early) when you find out that we’re showing Mel Brooks’ “History of the World Part One” at 8/7c. Mel Brooks produced, directed, wrote, and starred in this episodic comedy that feels like the reincarnated spirit of Monty Python. Go ahead and sing along to the Spanish Inquisition, we won’t judge.

Wednesday

“Don’t u get it?! I don’t want to be the chosen one I don’t wanna spend my life chasing vampires,all I wanna do is graduate high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater and die then you come along and tell me I’m a member of the hairy mole club so you could throw things at me?!!” That’s right, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” starts at 10/9 c, so you’re going to want to start practicing your Peewee Herman death scene reenactments early.

Thursday

“Those aren’t pillows!” Those infamous lines cement our love of John Hughes’ “Planes, Trains, & Automobiles.” Starring Steve Martin as Neal, an easily annoyed businessman who is en route to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, who finds his first-class plane ticket has been demoted to coach, and he must share his flight with obnoxious salesman Del Griffith (John Candy). Things only go downhill from there for Neal, but uphill for anyone who loves a good snob-to-slob comedy a.k.a. everyone who is not dead inside. Tune in at 10 p.m. ET.

Friday

Drugs! Porn! Strippers! Dead people! Beauty pageants! “Little Miss Sunshine” has something for everyone. When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams. The road trip starts at 8/7 c.

Saturday

Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is a very ordinary man who is having a truly unusual day — after discovering that one of his best friends, Ford Prefect (Mos Def), is actually an alien, Ford tells him that the planet Earth is going to be destroyed so that otherworldly forces can make room for construction of a hyperspace bypass. Since Arthur accidentally saved Ford’s life years ago, Ford does him a favor — he first gets him a ride on a spaceship passing by, and then presents him with a guidebook, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” that will tell a beginner everything he needs to know as he hitchhikes through outer space. It starts at 10/9c

Sunday

Sunday is “Freaks and Geeks” day. The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. ET a.k.a. when you might roll out of bed.

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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.

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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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