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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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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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