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15 Hilarious Movie Knockouts

Catch an all-day Rocky movie marathon Sunday, March 6th, on IFC.

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Movie violence is the wonderful opposite of the real thing: it solves problems, has no long-lasting effects and is frequently hilarious. The most magical of all attacks in the instant KO. It’s an off-switch powered by pure rage or joy, and it never fails to crack us up. In honor of Rocky knocking out chumps this month on IFC, we’ve collected cinema’s funniest knuckle sandwiches.

1. Groundhog Day

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Groundhog Day traps Bill Murray in 24 hours, but (relatively) soon he realizes it’s an infinite playground to indulge his every desire. Like knocking out Ned Ryerson, the insurance agent who’s been annoying him every day.


2. Blazing Saddles

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Blazing Saddles is still one of the funniest comedies every filmed, and the scene where muscle-bound menace Mongo drops a guy and his horse is so wrong we can’t stop laughing. That’s what you get for telling Mongo where to park his bull.


3. Conan the Barbarian

Conan promised to crush his enemies and hear the lamentations of the women. He forgot to include “punch any camels that get in my way.”


4. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

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Always remember the three rules to surviving a Friday the 13th movie: 1. Don’t stand in front of Jason. 2. Don’t attack Jason. 3. Definitely don’t challenge Jason to a boxing match unless you want to be the wrong part of the most hilarious knockout in horror history.


5. Friday

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If you haven’t seen this movie you have never truly understood uppercuts. The perfect parabola described by Red could only be improved by Chris Tucker, laying down the most perfect summary by saying “You got knocked the &*$% out!”


6. Happy Gilmore

Sure, Happy Gilmore gets in a few solid blows. But it’s Bob Barker who shows Happy that the price is WRONG.


7. Back to the Future

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The punch heard around the timeline, as George McFly finally focuses an entire lifetime of bullying into one perfect point. And that point was on the end of his fist. Actor Tom Wilson sold the punch like it was made of gold, and it was glorious.


8. She’s Funny That Way

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The screwball romantic comedy features all the standard romantic misunderstandings, though there’s no misunderstanding Jennifer Aniston’s feelings when she catches her boyfriend dating another woman. He probably won’t be understanding anything at all for a while.


9. Slap Shot

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Slap Shot is no mere movie — it’s an ode to the beauty of violence on ice. The Hanson brothers provide more knockout punches than most action heroes, but it’s hard to beat the majestic buildup to this single savage shot to the head.


10. Superbad

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Feeble Fogell, aka McLovin, has faked an ID and spends the whole movie trying to live up to it. It’s all going well until he runs into a robber who delivers one of the most beautiful left-field sucker punches.


11. Independence Day

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Will Smith shows us how alien invaders should be welcomed to Earth. It doesn’t matter how terrifying they are: if an alien has a face, you can punch it.


12. Hangover

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Annoying Mike Tyson was never going to end well. Which makes it even more impressive that The Hangover could make it even more hilarious, painstakingly setting up the perfect stage by forcing our feeble heroes to sing “In The Air Tonight” before laying out Alan with an Iron Mike special.


13. The Avengers

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HULK SMASH! That’s, like, his entire deal. Even if you’ve just helped him take down an enemy of all humanity we have to recommend not being smug, or standing in punching distance, and those are two mistakes Thor makes all the time.


14. Dumb & Dumber

There are knockouts, and there are knockouts where both face and glass are smashed. This scene is a reminder of both how funnier Dumb & Dumber is, and also of a time when people actually had to wait to use the phone in public.


15. The Wicker Man

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Nic Cage has made a superior career of late out of utterly demented roles, and nothing captures the meme-manufacturing machine he’s become like The Wicker Man. If cinema has an apex, it is Nic Cage in a bear suit sucker-punching a poor woman.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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