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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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.

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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…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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