10 High School Movies We Wish Would Get Reunion Sequels


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The lifespan of a high school movie is pretty short – once the actors age out, it’s off the table. But as Veronica Mars demonstrates, bringing them back for a reunion can work. Here are 10 school flicks that should get grown-up follow-ups.

10. Dazed and Confused

Although Richard Linklater is making a “spiritual sequel” to his 70s high school flashback flick, it doesn’t feature the same characters. We’d love to see how they handled the 80s and beyond.

9. Friday Night Lights

You know most of the team stayed in Odessa after they graduated, and their 20 year reunion probably saw at least a few with kids on the Panthers squad.

8. Brick

Rian Johnson’s high school noir created such a compellingly dark world that we can’t help but wonder what happened to the kids that survived.

7. Clueless

This mid-90s classic has a happy ending with Cher and Josh getting together, but did their romance last? Find out at the reunion.

6. Donnie Darko

Time paradoxes abound in this cult classic, and although it got a sequel (the much-maligned S. Darko), revisiting this world a decade later would be fascinating.

5. Fame

The 1980 version, not the remake. Some probably became stars, but others probably crashed and burned, making for a dramatic reunion.

4. Class of Nuke ‘Em High

Twenty years after the radiation-fueled tragedy at New Jersey’s Tromaville High, what became of our weed-mutated classmates?

3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

You know you’re curious about what happened to Jeff Spicoli in the intervening decades, not to mention the rest of the Ridgemont High gang.

2. Napoleon Dynamite

There are just so many different directions Napoleon going to his high school reunion could go – it’s a can’t-miss concept.

1. The Breakfast Club

There has been talk of a sequel to this genre-defining John Hughes flick for decades, but none ever materialized.

Watch the trailer for Jack Black’s upcoming high school reunion flick The D Train (in theaters May 8). Also, catch him on Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday 11p.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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