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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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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

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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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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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