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Bumpy Ride

10 Movies that Prove Taking the Bus Is the Absolute Worst

Get on the bus with Speed this month on IFC.

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Taking the bus is a universally awful experience. Problems range from grumpy drivers to humiliating sing-alongs, to the ultimate worst case scenario — a bomb set to explode if the driver goes under 50 miles per hour. Catch Speed this month on IFC, and don’t miss a stop as we drive through cinema’s best bad bus scenes.

1.Billy Madison

Chris Farley Billy Madison
Universal Pictures

Chris Farley is the angry bus driver we all remember from our grade school days. You may throw your sandwich at him, but he will seek vengeance on your lunch later.

2. Quick Change

After a day where everything has fallen apart, the last thing you need is an anal-retentive bus driver. And Philip Bosco’s rule stickler nearly ruins everything for Bill Murray and company in this underrated comedy. Remember, you can’t board until you have exact change.

3. The Graduate

Embassy Pictures

There’s nothing quite like having an existential crisis on a bus. When you realize the fun and games are over, and you still don’t know what do with your life, the last place you want to be is in the back of a slow-moving city vehicle. Hello darkness, indeed.

4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

“You ever travel by bus before? Your mood’s probably not going to improve much.” Del’s (John Candy) words turn out to be prophetic. Between the PDA-heavy couple, the lack of personal space, and the failed sing-along, Neal’s (Steve Martin) sanity is only holding on by one shower curtain ring.

5. Forrest Gump

Poor Forrest Gump had the phrase “seat’s taken” invented just for him. Despite the other kids’ indifference towards him, he manages to meet his best friend and future wife both on a bus. Guess you never know what you’re gonna get.

6. Speed

Pop quiz, hot shot: How difficult is it to drive with a bomb on board while staying at 50 MPH? Bonus points to Jack (Keanu Reeves) for saving the passengers, and he didn’t even need to have exact change.

7. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

When a punk with a boombox is aboard your bus, there’s only one way to handle it: a Vulcan neck-pinch. Live long and don’t take the bus.

8. Jeepers Creepers 2

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United Artists

He may only surface every 23 years, but the Creeper is the last person you want to trap you in a bus. Jeepers Creepers, where’d you get those peepers? From a kid on the bus.

9. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller
Paramount Pictures

Principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) is a man on a mission. And when that mission is a total fail, he needs a lift home. Too bad he sat next to the kid with a warm gummy bear in her pocket.

10. Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy Bus
United Artists

Based on two of his most famous films, it appears that Dustin Hoffman does not fare well on buses. In the iconic ending of Midnight Cowboy, his character Rizzo gets on, but he never gets off.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…