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10 Hilarious Moments In ‘Dad Bod’ Cinema

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With “Dad Bods,” the fitness trend that favors bellies created with six packs of beer over six pack abs, all the rage this summer, we thought it was time to pay tribute to some of the trailblazers of the gut — comedy dudes. We’ve all laughed at their mighty guts for decades now, and it looks like they’re getting the last laugh. Check out these hilarious scenes that show off the magnetism of the Dad Bod.

1. Seth Rogen, Knocked Up –  The Morning After the One-Night Stand

Seth Rogen waking up comfortably naked as Katherine Heigl looks on in disgust and bewilderment in Knocked Up after their one-night stand is pretty much the “Here’s Looking at You, Kid” of Dad Bod movie moments. The shot of Rogen’s butt while you hear him blissfully snoring was a brilliant decision as his butt is like Steve Carell’s face — it has an everyman quality that you normally don’t see in post-coital scenes on film. Sure, Ben Stone was a slacker with a body that says “I’m not above standing at a Taco Bell drive-thru at 2 a.m.with the munchies.” But his sweet disposition (with a little help from his awesome sense of humor) eventually won over Katherine Heigl’s heart.


2. Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall – The Break-Up Scene

Jason Segel has been using his body for great comic effect for years on How I Met Your Mother where Lily always wanted to break off a piece of his no-pack stomach, but in Forgetting Sarah Marshall his Dad Bod becomes a sad bod. Segel spends the movie trying to get over his ex-girlfriend, played by Kristen Bell, who breaks up with him in this hilarious scene after he drops his towel in their apartment. The beauty of this awkward moment is that it turns the typical movie breakup scene on its head by having an honest moment with him refusing to put his towel on while crying.


3. Will Ferrell, Old School – The Streaking Scene

“We’re Going Streaking” may be the rallying cry in this scene but what makes Frank “The Tank” one of the greatest characters in comedy history is his comfortableness in his drunken Dad Bod. Forget streaking — you have to be filled with drunken confidence to call Snoop Dogg “Snoop A Loop.” Whether it’s his chest hair or his classic pudgy core, nobody has a better body for comedy than Will Ferrell.


4. Owen Wilson, Hall Pass – Coffee Shop

It has been said that clothes make the man, and if that’s the case then the right outfit definitely helped make the Dad Bod on Owen Wilson in Hall Pass. Nothing says “I’m a suburban dad” like a t-shirt tucked into a pair of khakis. In this scene he proves that a dorky dad living in the ‘burbs can be way cooler than a hipster douche living off his parents.


5. Michael Keaton, Mr. Mom – My Brain is Like Oatmeal

Back in 1983, stay-at-home moms were way more common than stay-at-home dads, so it wasn’t outdated to make a comedy about a dad who’s forced to take over the household chores after he loses his job and his wife goes back to work. Nobody does frantic and funny like Michael Keaton, and he is hilarious in Mr. Mom as he teeters on the brink of sanity while trying to take care of the kids while the sexy divorced neighbor has an eye on his growing Dad Bod. In this scene, he pulls off the flannel shirt and beard look decades before Brooklyn dads jumped on the trend.


6. Mike Myers, Wayne’s World – The Bedroom Scene

If there’s one thing we learned from Wayne’s World it’s that “a flawless profile, a perfect body, the right clothes, and a great car can get you far in America – almost to the top – but it can’t get you everything.” Rob Lowe’s Benjamin had all of that going for him but he still lost out to Mike Myers’ Wayne Campbell, who won over the heart of Cassandra with the help of his trusted friend Garth. You think Tom Cruise in his prime could’ve won a woman’s heart with a tighty whitey wedgie? As if! Wayne might not be worthy of Alice Cooper but he knew how to woo the women of Aurora. Game on, indeed.


7. Bill Murray, Stripes – You’re Going Nowhere, John

After losing his job, his apartment, his girl, his car and his pizza, the Army seemed like a logical next step for Bill Murray in Stripes. This hilarious scene in this all-time comedy classic shows you that you can have a beautiful girlfriend if you wear a grimy sweatshirt all day and generally look like a guy who can’t do five pushups without collapsing. You just better have everything else going well for you, or else she’s going to leave you with nothing but your Tito Puente albums. Murray, along with his buddy Harold Ramis as Russell “I’m a pacifist” Ziskey, have the last laugh as they join the Army and get into better but still pretty average shape. They even use their slacker charm to pick up two sexy female MPs and save their platoon in one heavily armed recreational vehicle.


8. Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own – Dottie Does the Lineup

There might not be any crying in baseball but there sure are Dad Bods, particularly in the dugout. Right before Tom Hanks won the Academy award for Best Actor in Philadelphia and then again in Forrest Gump, he gained weight to play Jimmy Dugan, the coach of the Rockford Peaches in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Jimmy Dugan might be the quintessential Hanks performance as his comedic shouting rivals the legendary Gene Wilder in greatness. In this scene in which he rips up Betty Spaghetti’s baseball card in a drunken stupor, and mumbles incoherently in the locker room, he still manages to capture the attention of Madonna, even with a double chin.


9. Chevy Chase, National Lampoon’s Vacation – Clark Meets the Girl in the Red Convertible

Clark W. Griswold might be America’s favorite comedy dad and it’s only fitting that he’s played by Chevy Chase, one of America’s most quoted comic actors, who happens to have an all-time Dad Bod. Chevy is rocking a polo shirt, a Member’s Only jacket and Cousin Eddie’s white shoes when he finally talks to Christie Brinkley’s definitive ’80s babe. The moment when he realizes that he’s “in deep” and jumps into the pool, he’s taking every male viewer with him.


10. Jack Black, Nacho Libre – Pretty Much Every Scene

Jack Black has never been afraid to rock out with his stomach out. Whether it’s in Tenacious D or as the hero Nacho Libre, Black has always used his Dad Bod to great comedic effect.

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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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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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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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